Attendance at School/Lateness 

It is the responsibility of parents of children of school age to educate their child(ren). Most do this by ensuring that their child(ren) attend(s) school regularly. 

Attendance / Absence

Parents are asked to inform the school by letter or telephone if their child is likely to be absent for some time. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents, the absence will be regarded as unauthorised. 

Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as this both disrupts the child’s education and reduces learning time. Parents should inform the school by letter, before going on holiday, of the dates. Such absence will be authorised only where certain and very specific family circumstances exist. The majority of family holidays taken during term time will be categorised as unauthorised absence. 

Parents may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to make an extended visit to relatives. Only written requests detailing the destination, the duration and the provision that will be made for their continuing education will be granted. Such extended absences will be recorded separately from the normal attendance and absence information.


Any pupil who reports to school late after 9am should enter via the Main Reception.  On arrival they should make their way directly to their class. 

If they arrive after 9:30am they should enter via the Main Reception and sign the late sheet to indicate that they are in school and then make their way to their class. 

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 and it provides financial assistance to help young people between 16 and 19 years of age, from low income households to:

  • stay on at school
  • continue their education

For more information on EMA please use the link below to visit the page on North Ayrshire Councils website or access the information and guidance contained within the authority policy.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) (

North Ayrshire EMA Policy

EMA Form A - Accounts Certificate

EMA Form B - Certificate of Benefits Recieved




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