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Attendance Matters

We work extremely hard at Sacred Heart to ensure that all pupils value their education and rarely miss a day at school. We work alongside parents to ensure that where pupils have a high rate of absence we quickly work together to ensure the child’s attendance rises  quickly towards the national average.


We use the help of external agents to assist us in improving attendance, such as the school nurse, family support workers and the Education Welfare Officer

 Attendance Information for parents and carers


Did you know?

  • Going to school regularly is important to your child’s future. Children who miss school frequently fall behind in their work and do less well in exams.

  • There are only 39 teaching weeks in the school year.

  • Attending school 90% of the time means missing half a day of school per week. Over one year this is 4 weeks of school and during their education, half a year of schooling would be lost!

  • Missing 6 days a term every year is the same as missing one whole school year!

Days off school add up to LOST LEARNING!



Our Policy and Guidelines


  • Have a legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time.
  • Must contact us if your child is absent and let us know why. If you do not then we will contact you.


We will

  • Follow up all instances of poor attendance and punctuality and keep you informed of your child’s record.
  • Write to you and ask for a reason if you do not tell us why your child is absent. If you do not provide a reason, the absence will be unauthorised.
  • Write to you if your child's attendance is cause for concern and remind you of the importance of good attendance
  • Contact you again if your child’s attendance does not improve.
  • Inform the Attendance Improvement Officer if your child's attendance falls below 85%.
  • Not authorise holidays taken during term time.
  • Apply to the Local Authority for a Penalty Notice to be issued to parents/carers who repeatedly fail to send their child to school on a regular basis.


What can you do to help prevent your child missing school?

  • Make sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
  • Asking them about their school work and encouraging them to get involved in  activities.
  • Discussing any problems they may have at school and informing us about anything serious.
  • Only letting your child stay at home if they are too ill to come to school. If in doubt send them in—we can always send them home again if they get worse!
  • Arranging appointments out of school hours.
  • Not booking holidays during term time.

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