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Attendance and Punctuality

Our whole school attendance target this year is 



Attendance has been a concern for the school during the last three years and therefore is a focus on this year's School Development Plan (SDP) that can be found here

Attendance and punctuality is important!


St. Saviour’s Junior School recognises the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality in order that children can maximise their potential in school and that they can be well prepared for the demands of adult life. Ensuring a child’s regular attendance at school is the parent/carer’s legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence in law and may result in prosecution. The school expects students to be in school every day, barring illness or accident.


The school is committed to supporting families in ensuring good attendance and punctuality. We advise any parents or carers experiencing problems that impact or could impact on attendance or punctuality to contact the school so we can support you.




If a child is absent parents or carers must:


· Telephone the school as soon as possible, preferably before 8.30am, on each day of absence, stating the reason for absence. Please press 1 to leave your absence message on the school phone.

·  Save evidence in the form of appointment cards, prescriptions or referral letters should they be required at a later date


If a child is absent we will:


·  Telephone parents/carers on the first day of absence if we have not heard from them.

·   Discuss strategies for improvement, with parent/carers, before referring the matter to Children Missing Education Service (CMES) if the attendance figure falls below acceptable figures.




A child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly.  This will be considered a safeguarding matter.




The school does not permit holidays to be taken during term time. Parents should be aware that the law now enforces the position regarding holidays. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, which become law on 1st September 2013, state that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


In accordance with the above regulations, requests for leave of absence will be treated sympathetically, but only in exceptional circumstances can they be approved. Parents who take their child out of school for five days or more during term time, without the authority of the Headteacher, will each be liable to receive a penalty notice. Penalty Notices will be issued by the Local Authority.




Why is Punctuality Important?


Being on time:


• gets your day off to a good start and puts you in a positive frame of mind, so that you can make the most of your learning opportunities.

• sets positive patterns for the future. You can't expect to keep a job if you're always coming in late

• leads to better achievement

• leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable

• helps you develop a sense of responsibility for yourself and towards others and is a sign of good character;

  • is respectful to your teacher and to your classmates and builds good habits for later
  • is very important indeed. Research shows that attendance and punctuality are the single most important factors in school success


At St. Saviour’s Junior School all children are expected to be in school in good time for registration. Doors open at 8.45am for Morning Mission and register is taken at 8.55am – arriving after 8.55am is ‘late’.



What happens if a student is late?


1. The child must report to the school office and is signed in as ‘late’.

2. This record is transferred to the child’s personal record.

3. This record is monitored by the school and parents or carers are contacted if there is regular lateness.

4. The school may request advice from the Children Missing Education Service (CMES) and continuous lateness may be considered in line with the schools safeguarding procedures. 


Please see the document attached below for more information.

We are here to help

We are keen to work in partnership with parent, carers and families. Please make contact if you are experiencing problems getting to school on time. We can offer advice and support. 






Attendance Monitoring Cycle

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Click the 'School Polices' list to read the schools attendance policy
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