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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust


Good school attendance is so important - please try to send your child in to school EVERY DAY!

Even if you are running late, it is much better to send your child in late than not at all - and we are happy to see the children whatever time they make it into school! 


Missing a day's school should only happen if it is completely unavoidable.


Studies have shown the negative impact that missing school school has on children's future prospects and life chances. Coming to school every day really is the very best thing you can do for your child: 

Research shows that children who attend school regularly are more likely to be successful.  
✨ A child who misses a day of school each week misses an equivalent of two whole years in their school life.  
✨ Missing school leads to gaps in education that become difficult to fill.


Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are legally responsible for making sure that their child of compulsory school age receives efficient full time education that is suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have.


If you have any problems which are affecting your child's attendance, you can speak to us in confidence and we will do all we can to support you with this. Please do let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with your child's attendance - we are always here to help. 

Attendance - Information for parents & carers

Absence from School during Term Time


Children's absence from school during term time will not be authorised, except in exceptional circumstances.


This is at the discretion of the Head Teacher, and in line with Government Legislation and guidelines from the Local Authority (please click the links below, for more information on this).


If you wish to request a period of absence from school, this must to be done in writing, to the Headteacher. You should contact the school office on (01900) 8128582, for the necessary form.


Advice from the Local Authority about leave of absence during term time 

Attendance Meetings


We carefully monitor attendance and will let you know if your child's attendance is causing concern. You will be invited to a meeting in school to discuss how to improve your child's attendance, if repeated absence is an issue.


If persistent absence remains an issue, we have a range of procedures in place, including meetings with senior staff in school and meetings with representatives from the Local Authority.


Every day really does matter when it comes to education - repeated absence can significantly impact on your child's learning and, ultimately, on their future.


Please help your child by making sure they come to school every day!

Attendance Award


Each week, in our Celebration Assembly, the class with the best attendance receives the Attendance Award... along with a special little treat from the golden envelopes!