St Patrick's Catholic Primary School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance in order that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education.
Once your child is registered at school you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.
Poor school attendance has a huge impact on:
your child's learning
your child's friendships
your child's self esteem and confidence
THE MINIMUM EXPECTED ATTENDANCE FOR A CHILD IS 97%
Keeping the school informed
If your child is absent from school please use one the the following methods to let us know the reason for the absence:
Ring the school office on 023 8044 8502 (option 1) and leave a message stating the reason for the absence with details of symptoms, before 9.00am on each day of absence.
Submit a message daily via the Parentmail App stating the reason for the absence with details of symptoms.
E-mail the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reasons for the absence and the symptoms.
If the school does not receive a message regarding your child's absence the Attendance Officer will telephone you and/or send a text message.
Failure to respond to the requests for information will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised.
Continued failure to send your child to school will result in Prosecution or Penalty Notices being issued.
Holidays during Term-Time
Absences for the purpose of a holiday within term- time are NOT permitted.
If you wish to take your child out of school for any reason please call in at the School Office for advice.
Please be aware that you may be liable for a Penalty Notice or Prosecution if you take your child out of school without the consent of the Headteacher.
Timekeeping is also important in your child's education. If your child is persistently late for school they are missing out on important instructions and work at the start of the lesson.
The school gates are opened at 8.30 each morning and the classrooms are open from 8.45am.
REGISTRATION IS AT 8.55AM. ALL CHILDREN ARE EXPECTED TO BE
IN THE CLASSROOM AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR CHILD IS LATE YOU WILL BE ASKED THE REASON WHY.
Please can we also remind parents that school finishes at 3.20pm please ensure your child is collected promptly, if you are going to be late collecting you MUST telephone the school office to let us know.
Every School Day Counts
BUT Every Minute is Equally Important!
School begins at 08.55 – BE ON TIME!
5 mins late every day = 3 days lost per year.
10 mins late = 6 ½ days lost per year.
15 mins late = 10 days lost per year.
20 mins late = 13 days lost per year!
30 mins late = 19 days lost per year!