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Attendance and Absence

The Importance of Regular Attendance at St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School recognises that positive behaviour and good attendance are central to raising standards and pupil attainment.

Every moment counts

We want our pupils to benefit from the highest quality education to enable them to excel. We know that pupils who attend well have the best chances of success academically and socially. They are more likely to achieve well in examinations and assessments and more likely to form secure and lasting friendships.

This can only be achieved it pupils are in school regularly, and on time. 

We have a meticulously planned curriculum which sets out exactly what pupils should be taught at every stage of the year. When pupils are absent, they risk developing large gaps in their learning.

Excellent attendance is everyone’s business and improving attendance is in everyone’s interests. We aim to secure good attendance by building strong relationships with pupils, parents and carers so that we can support them to reduce any barriers to school attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is written with the above statement in mind and supports our school ethos to:

  • promote children’s welfare and safeguarding;
  • ensure that every pupil has access to the full time education to which they are entitled;
  • ensure that pupils succeed whilst at school.

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 that the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.

Any pupil’s absence or late arrival disrupts teaching routines and also may affect the learning of others in the same class.

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.