Alston Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 1SB

Keeping in Touch and Attendance

Keeping in touch:

It is very important that we have up-to-date information about your child(ren) including emergency contacts as well as any dietary/medical information.

Please ensure that you have completed an Emergency Contact Form and return this to the school office.  

It is important that you update us with any changes as they occur throughout the year.



It is very important that your child attends school regularly.   At Elton Primary School we expect all children  to arrive on time every day of the school year and that they are well-rested and ready to learn.

By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) MUST receive a suitable full-time education.  Once your child is registered at a school then parents/carers MUST make sure that they attend regularly.  Parents/carers can be issued a penalty notice or be prosecuted if children do not attend school regularly.  

Bury Council Penalty Notice Leaflet

We monitor the attendance of each and every child in school and the school's attendance target for this year is 96%.

You can view and download the School's attendance policy at the bottom of this page.


Arriving at School:

School gates open at 8:50am and close promptly at 9.00am.  

Registration is at 8:55am.

Children arriving after 9:00am will be marked as late (L).

Children arrived at 9:30am will be recorded as late after registration closes (U). This is an unauthorised absence.


What happens if I am late for school?

If children are late they need to report to the school office, where the reason for late arrival is recorded.  


Procedure for notifying the school of absence:

If your child is going to absent then please telephone 0161 705 2674 BEFORE 8.30am to advise us of their absence and the reason for their absence.  Please also let us know how long you expect your child to be away from school for and the general reason for their absence.  You can also report your child's absence through our Studybugs app.

If we do not receive a telephone call or notification via the app as to the reason for absence, the school office will contact you.

If your child is absent without prior permission or explanation then the child's absences will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.  


Someone else is picking your child up from school:

If your child is being picked up by an adult that is not on the permission to collect list, you must contact the school office before collection time.

For children in EYFS, parents/carers will be also be asked to provide a collection password. Without the correct password staff will NOT be handed to anyone else until we have contacted the parents/carers and spoken to them directly.  


What to do if I have a problem?

Please contact the school office if you have any issues relating to attendance for your child.  

Tips for good school attendance: 

  • Good habits start early in life, so even before your child starts school, establish good routines, such as reading and bath before bedtime and going to bed on time.
  • Make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep.
  • Make sure that your child has breakfast before school so that they are ready and eager to learn when they arrive.
  • Make all appointments for the doctor, dentist, optician etc after school hours or during the school holidays where possible.
  • Take an active interest in your child’s school work and offer support with homework.
  • Attend parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress.
  • Make sure your child understands the benefits of regular attendance at school.
  • Don’t let your child stay off school for a minor ailment.
  • Take all holidays during the school holiday periods.


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