Why Attendance Matters
St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs' Catholic Primary aims to ensure that all children receive an education that maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their full potential. Our target for attendance is 97% and above (this is no more than 6 days of absence over the whole year).
We aim to work closely with parents and carers to achieve and maintain high standards of attendance. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our children and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome.
Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all. Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%.
It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance. For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital a child is at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.
Any non-attendance at school must be reported on the first day of absence. Please contact the School Office by telephone by 9.00am 01274 543445 to inform the school of your child's absence.
♣ Wherever possible avoid medical appointments in school time or arrange them for later in the afternoon.
♣ If appointments in school time cannot be avoided, ensure an appointment card/letter is handed to the school prior to the appointment.
♣ Wherever possible attend school prior to appointment and return to school following the appointment.
♣ If your child does not return to school on the advice of the GP, always contact the school to inform them of the outcome
It is understandable and acceptable that any child can be late on an odd occasion for any number of reasons, all of which should be verified by the parent/carer.
Lateness in school causes immense disruption and inconvenience and actively disadvantages the progress of pupils whose lessons are constantly interrupted by the arrival of latecomers. It is also often embarrassing for the pupil to be constantly arriving late.
5 minutes late every day = 3.5 days missed each year
10 minutes late every day = 7.2 days missed each year
20 minutes late every day = 14.4 days missed each year
Excessive lateness can result in legal action being taken against parents/carers.
Requests for leave of Absence
As set down by the Department for Education, schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. In making a request for an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional (via our Absence Request Form obtainable directly from the School Office). If appropriate you will be invited to discuss this matter further with the Head of School.
Please note there is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday and if you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and a Penalty Notice may be considered.
The school term dates are available on our school website.
Attendance Concerns or Worries – please contact the school on 01275 543445 or alternatively email school on: