Attendance and Punctuality

At St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School we recognise the clear link between the attendance, achievement and positive well-being of pupils. Our aim is to support children and families and encourage the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality for pupils in order to maximise their academic and personal development.

The importance of attendance and punctuality is underpinned by an awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important to see our children every day and provide an educationally safe and secure environment.

To gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that all pupils attend regularly and on time. Pupils should aim to attend every day that the school is open. The table below shows how many days absence effects the 5 attendance of your child. It also helps us realise the importance of not having ‘odd days off’ as they soon accumulate and have a very negative effect on attendance and learning

Any absence affects education and regular absence will seriously affect pupils’ learning. Pupils who have time off often:

  • Find it difficult to catch up and do well
  • Find it harder to make and maintain friendships
  • Tend to be less happy whilst in school

90% attendance is equivalent to a pupil missing one half day per week and means that they will be classed as a persistent absentee by the local authority.

We also love to celebrate positive attendance at St Teresa of Lisieux with lots of class rewards such as extra plays and golden time and individual award s such as chocolates, ASDA vouchers and half term raffles for big prizes such as drones and tablets.

Your child should only be absent if they are really not well enough to attend and  if they are ‘slightly under the weather’ they should still be in school and we will always call home if we feel a child in our care is not well enough to be in school. If your child is absent from school you must

  • Contact school either by phone or the school app preferably by 9.00 am on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend through illness, giving an indication of the expected duration and return date to school, you must then call on each day of absence. If your child is absent for more than 3 days of we would then expect you to have taken them to the doctors and we would need medical evidence to authorise such a long time of ill.
  • Even if you have contacted school and we may still complete a home visit if we have concerns over your child’ attendance.
  • If you for any reason are having a problem getting your child to school for whatever reason please contact us so we can support you in any way we can.
  • For routine non-emergency medical and dental appointments please ensure they are made outside of school hours.
  • For requests for exceptional circumstances leave of absence you complete a leave of absence request form that can be obtained from the school office. Reasons such as a close family bereavement or taking part in a significant religious event would be acceptable for short absences. Unacceptable reasons for missing school, include general holidays, return to country of origin, weddings, shopping, concerts and birthdays.

If a pupil is absent we will:

  • Telephone the parent/carer on the first day of absence if we have not heard from them by 9:30 am.
  • If no response is received and the absence is unauthorised a member of school staff will conduct a home visit as directed by attendance lead.
  • If a pupil’s absences are increasing and we are not aware of a good reason the parent/carer will be invited to meet with attendance lead and a member of SLT.
  • If absences persist the attendance team will discuss actions with the Education Welfare Officer.

Good punctuality is vital in giving your child the best possible start to the day so make sure your child is in school before 9:00 everyday.

As a school we are here to support good attendance in any way we can and if you have queries or concerns please contact Andy Murphy our Attendance Lead or any other adult you feel comfortable talking to.

The importance of attendance and punctuality is underpinned by an awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important to see our children every day and provide an educationally safe and secure environment.

Attendance and Punctuality Newsletter

As we move out of government restrictions and hopefully happier and safer times, it is a good opportunity to really focus and improve our school attendance and punctuality. For a number of different reasons our attendance levels have dipped as have those around the country and as a whole school we must now strive to improve them. The importance of being in school every day is massive particularly after our children having missed so much school over the last two years. Next half term we will be running a number of incentives to help improve school attendance, so please play your part in ensuring your child benefits by being in school.

As a parent or carer it is your responsibility to ensure your child is in school unless they really are not well enough to attend or in other exceptional circumstances. Next half term parents whose children’s attendance is under 91% will be invited in for a meeting with Miss Warner and Andy to discuss how improvements can be made.

Whilst most of the children arrive in school on time very morning we have far too many children who arrive late for school. Just as with attendance it is the responsibility as you as a parent or carer to ensure you arrive on time for school. The disruption of being late effects not just your child but the whole class and staff and is not a positive way to start the day.  School opens at 8:45 and the doors remain open for 15 minutes until 9:00, so please make sure your child is on time. If poor punctuality you will invited in for a meeting with Miss Warner and Andy to discuss the problem.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Andy or any other member of staff you feel comfortable talking too.

Best attending classes week beginning 6/3/23

Hawthorn Y6 - 97.3%
Birch Y4 - 96.7%
Pine Y1 - 95.7%