Attendance at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Regular attendance and punctuality are very important priorities for each of the children who attend our school.
We realise that for our pupils to achieve a good standard of academic and social success they need to attend school on a regular basis. We also understand that we need to work closely with our families and outside support agencies in order that our policy is clear that pupil absences other than for reasons of illness will not be authorised unless in exceptional circumstances .Parental requests for their child to be absent from school during term time will normally be refused and any such absence will be classed as unauthorised.
It is a statutory requirement for all schools to attain attendance levels set by the Government. St Patrick’s Catholic Primary attendance target this year is 97%. However, the aim is for all individual pupils to have 100% attendance.
From September 2015 if a child’s attendance falls below 91%, they will be deemed a Persistent Absentee. St Patrick’s School staff monitor the absences of all children that fall below 96%. Lateness affects children’s attendance levels. If a child does become a ‘persistent absentee’, the school and the Local Authority have a legal duty to act to support parents to improve attendance. The Painsley Academy Education Welfare Officer also monitors attendance levels and regular meetings are held with parents where their child’s attendance becomes a concern.
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School bands its pupils' attendance as below:
100% – outstanding
98.01% – 99.9% (with no unauthorised absence) excellent
96.01% – 98% (with no unauthorised absence) good
90.01% – 96% concerns or requires improvement
90% and under – persistent absentee
In line with government legislation that came into force from 1st September 2013, we at St Patrick’s will NOT authorise any term time absence, unless in exceptional circumstances. If you feel your situation exceptional then you will need to make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher or her representative. All requests for a planned absence are to be made in writing in line with School policy. A letter is then sent from the Headteacher to give clear guidance about whether the time request off school will be authorised or not.
If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a penalty notice or, your case could be referred by the local authority directly to the magistrates’ court.
If an appointment needs to be within school hours, we will need to see proof of the appointment card and we will expect the child to attend school before or after the appointment if possible. Please bring the appointment card with you when you collect or return your child to school and show the office staff the appointment card Thank you