Harpur Hill Primary School

Trent Avenue, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9LP

01298 23261



As a school we work hard to support all children and their families so as to ensure that all children have good attendance.


The School Day

Children should arrive at school no earlier than 8.50 am using the rear entrance.  The school day starts at 9:00am and finishes at 3.30 pm. Parents are asked to wait for their children at the rear entrance and in the interests of health and safety, we ask you not to drive or park your car on the school grounds.


Late arrival

If your child arrives late, they must sign the 'late book' which is situated in Reception. If you collect your child or they arrive from an appointment, this also needs to be recorded.

If your child is ill or has an early appointment, please telephone school to inform us before 9.30 am - this will save a lot of administration time.  
You may also email school - sreception@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk


Can I take my child on holiday during school time? 

Changes in legislation from September 2013 mean that school is no longer able to routinely authorise term time holidays for children. Parents requiring leave of absence in exceptional circumstances for their child should apply to the Headteacher who will consider the reasons before deciding on whether the absence will be authorised or not.

Parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. These remain on the child’s record and may be monitored for further action by the Education Welfare Service. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and / or court action for unauthorised leave or holidays. 


Absence from School 

The Department for Education expects all schools to promote good attendance and reduce absences, including persistent absence. This is because we know that missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind and making slower progress.

Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary schools (see poster below).

The Government made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.  These state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless it is for exceptional circumstances.