Attendance Graph

St Jude’s school promotes excellent attendance to enable pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities we offer.

Our Pastoral Manager monitors attendance regularly and works closely with families to support positive attendance. We work hard to ensure that the community knows what good attendance and what is classed as a concern in terms of regular attendance.

Letters are sent to all families at the start of the year to remind them of the need for good attendance and what our expectations as a school are. We expect every family to support us in this.

We ask parents to ensure that children arrive at school in good time for registration each day. The school day begins at 9.00am with doors opening at 8.50am. This gives pupils the opportunity to be in class, ready to begin their day at 9.00am at the latest.

At our school the staff, parents and children recognise that attendance and punctuality are vitally important for a number of reasons, all of which greatly impact children's learning, achievement and social and emotional development. It is very challenging to catch up on missed work and learning opportunities.

We recognise classes weekly for good attendance. Children who achieve 100% attendance and excellent attendance receive recognition in a termly assembly and there is a special reward in the Summer for those who manage to do this for a whole academic year.

What To Do if Your Child is Absent from School

Please phone on the first day of absence leaving your child's name, class and reason for absence. This needs to be done every day that your child is absent from school. These messages may be left on the school's answer phone, or delivered in person.

If we have not heard from a parent by 9.30am the reason why their child is absent from school, we will ring all of the contact numbers registered for that child until contact is made.

Medical Appointments

If possible, please advise the office beforehand if children have to attend a medical appointment during school hours. Please sign them in and out of school at the main office.

Leave of Absence during Term Time

Parents are requested not to take their children on holiday during term time and holidays taken during term time are classed as unauthorised. Headteacher’s can now only authorise absences in very limited circumstances.

The school may legally authorise a request for leave where there are 'exceptional circumstances' only. Please contact the office for further information .

The Impact of Non-Attendance

We cannot stress enough how vitally important good attendance is in ensuring your child makes good progress. If they are regularly late or missing days on a regular basis, this leads to the child falling behind in their learning.

Days of Education Attendance Status Note
190 school days 100% Good Gives your child the best chance of success and gets them off to a flying start.
180 school days =
10 days absence
95% Worrying Less chance of success. Makes it harder to make progress.
171 school days =
19 days absence
90% Persistent absentee - serious concern. Not fair on your child. Their learning and progress is seriously affected. Could lead to court action.
161 school days =
29 days absence
(half a term missed)
152 school days =
38 days absence
143 school days =
47 days absence