We aim to work together to promote regular attendance – thus offering all pupils equal access to learning.


We clearly believe that our attendance objectives are to:

  • Meet the Government attendance targets set for us.
  • Create a clearly understood attendance procedure that is effectively communicated to and understood by parents/carers.
  • Ensure pupils are in school for the maximum number of days.

We all have responsibilities in ensuring all pupils attend school regularly and are thus offered the most consistent access to learning as is possible.


School responsibilities

  • To communicate clearly the attendance procedure and expectations of the school.
  • Maintain appropriate attendance data.
  • Have appropriate registration processes in place.
  • To follow up absences and lateness if parents/carers have not communicated with the school.
  • To inform parents/carers of what constitutes authorised and unauthorised absences.
  • To have systematic and consistent daily records which chart absence and lateness.
  • To report to the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) and support their work with pupils where necessary.
  • To report to the Government on attendance when required.
  • To consistently administer the attendance procedure.

Parent responsibilities

  • To have children in class ready for teaching by the start of the school day at 8.50 a.m.
  • To inform school on the first day of any absence by telephone.
  • Comply with the attendance information regarding holidays.
  • Work with the school and EWO to improve lateness and attendance.
  • For the sake of continuity, the expectation of parents/carers with children in the nursery will be as stated in this statement.

Absences and lateness will be logged by the administrative staff and discussed weekly with the Headteacher.  If the Headteacher is concerned about a child’s attendance, certain steps will be taken to ensure the attendance is improved and that appropriate agencies are contacted.

Please also note the following:

  • Holidays during term time are no longer routinely agreed and can only be authorised by the Headteacher in exceptional circumstances and in agreement with the Headteacher prior to the leave starting. 
  • Lateness is also monitored carefully and  it is vital that pupils are in class for the start of lessons. 
  • Parents/Carers must notify the school on the first and each day of the illness.


All of the above measures are designed to ensure our children at St John’s miss as little school as possible.  Every child matters and every child’s education is vital to their lifelong learning.  Good attendance plays a crucial part in enabling every child to succeed and thus achieve their God given potential.