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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Together we grow in God’s love, learning to be the best we can be.


At St. Joseph’s we aim to ensure that all children receive an education that maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their full potential. The National Target for attendance is 96% and above.


It is essential that children come to school every day and on time, as we know that good attendance leads to good progress. Please read the following carefully so that you are clear about the school’s procedures and



Absence due to Illness

If a child is ill and cannot attend school, parents must telephone or email the school before 9:30am, and give the precise reason for the absence. Failure to inform the school about a child’s absence will result in this being recorded as an unauthorised absence and, in frequent cases, a referral will be made to the Education Welfare Service.


Leave of Absence

Any such application should be made in advance of the absence as there is no power to authorise these absences retrospectively. The Department of Education advice is clear on this matter:

“Head teachers should only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a head teacher grants a leave request, it will be for the head teacher to determine the length of time that the child can be away from the school. Leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday as a norm.”


As an update to our procedures for leave after half term a ‘Leave of Absence’ form can be requested from the school office and will need to be signed by the Headteacher in advance of the absence. This form will also be uploaded onto the school website.


Good Attendance

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.


We believe that children who do not attend school regularly are more likely to:-

· Fall behind in their school work

· Find it difficult to make and keep friends

· Be unhappy at school

· Become involved in antisocial behaviour

Our school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels valued and supported. School staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.