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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance Information

Spotlight on Attendance

Our whole school attendance target is 97% or above.

Education is the key to your child’s future and by working together, we all ensure that children have the best possible outcomes. A good education gives a child the best possible start in life. We must ensure that all our pupils have an equal chance to make good use of the education that the school offers by providing a positive and encouraging atmosphere. To achieve this, it is important that each child attends school every day and that they arrive on time. When a child does not attend school regularly, and on time, they will have difficulty keeping up with their work and will therefore underachieve.

The school recognises that parents have a vital role to play in supporting and encouraging good attendance and punctuality. By accepting responsibility, and by working in partnership with the school, we can work together to ensure the children’s right to a full education, as well as enabling parents to fulfil their legal responsibility.


How does your child compare?

Attendance during one school year  Equals this number of days absent Which is approximately this many weeks absent Which means up to this number of lessons missed
95%   9 days 2 weeks     50 lessons
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons
85% 29 days 6 weeks 150 lessons
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons

If your child is absent from school, then you are required to phone in each and every day which they are off. 


Lateness – Not only does lateness make a bad start to the day, arrival after 9.05am is considered half a day’s absence. All lateness/attendance is recorded and monitored by the school admin, pastoral, and SLT staff.

Medical appointments – Medical/dental appointments are recorded as an absence so still affect your child’s attendance record if they are not present for registration.  These appointments must be supported by evidence which should be provided to the school office.  Please make medical appointments after school whenever possible.

Requests of absence – You must complete a leave of absence form if you intend to take your child out of school, this should be completed and handed back in advance. Absences will only be authorised if there are exceptional circumstances, and parents should consider the impact on your child’s education before taking your child out of school.

Leave of absence form

Please be aware that it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school. The local authority can issue an attendance fine if pupils are off without the headteacher's authorisation, which would be £60 per child per parent, which rises to £120 each if you do not pay within 21 days. You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission. Please read the information below if you are unsure if your child should attend school.


Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
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