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Mapledene Primary School is working in partnership with parents and Birmingham City Council to ensure all children return to school following a difficult previous year. We would like to thank parents for the work you have done in ensuring your children received education during that time.


It is now vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on their education, wellbeing and wider development.  We also know that when not in school, children missed being with their friends and the wider social aspects of school. 


Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school.

Therefore, the government has confirmed that school attendance continues to be compulsory.


This means that (unless parents are formally notified of new lockdown arrangements where schools are closed or a child is required to self-isolate), the usual rules on school attendance apply, including:


  • parents’ duty to send their child/children to school regularly where they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the option for local authorities to again consider the use of legal sanctions, including penalty notices and prosecution in court.


If you have any concerns about your child's attendance, please contact school (0121 464 2881 ) to discuss these with Mr Hyde or another member of the Senior Leadership Team. Thank you.

Whole school attendance and lateness letter 2021-2022