Attendance and Punctuality
Our target for attendance is 96%
St John's recognises that good attendance and punctuality are central to raising standards and pupil attainment.
For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.
Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.
In the case of exceptional circumstances, permission must be granted by the Head of School. Parents/carers must complete a ‘Leave of Absence in Term Time’ application which needs to be submitted at least four weeks before the intended date of absence.
At St. John's we want to ensure that our pupils receive every opportunity available to them to achieve their full potential. In order to gain the most from school, children need to attend school regularly and on time. We know that when children miss lessons, due to absence or lateness, it has a negative impact on their progress. As teachers often plan sequences of lessons over a week or longer period of time, one missed day really does matter; it means that your child has to catch up on what has been missed.
We want to ensure that pupils are in school for the maximum number of days. Our attendance target figure for all pupils is 96% which means missing school no more than 6 days per year, or two days per term. Good attendance at primary school helps children develop skills for life; missing school seriously affects life opportunities.
The school is unable to authorise any term time holiday. In very special circumstances, the school may grant special leave if the necessary evidence is provided.
In our policy, we have detailed our procedures for dealing with poor attendance and punctuality.
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