Every pupil at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning, is expected to maintain an attendance level of 97% and above this is in line with the Governments expectations. It is the responsibility of everyone in our school community – parents, carers, pupils, staff and governors to ensure they achieve this.  Therefore we monitor and review the attendance of all pupils constantly.

 

“Absences add up! Missing just 2 days a month means a child
misses 10% of the school year.”

 

Each year there are 190 school days which leaves 175 days for holidays, shopping, birthday treats, holidays and non-urgent medical and dental appointments. Therefore, the school will not authorise absence for these reasons.

 

Our whole School Attendance Target for 2017/18 is 97%. 

 

Therefore, if your son or daughter attends for at least 97% of one school year they will have had less than 10 days absent. 

Below is a chart showing a comparison of attendance for a full academic year and what impact it has on your attendance and academic achievement.

 

 

 

 

What your absence percentages mean

 

 

Percentage

 

Nof days absence

 

Learning missed

 

Total Absence over

5 years

 

100%

 

 

0 days missed

 

0 lessons

 

 

99.5%

 

 

 1 days

 

 5 lessons

 

 1 week

 

99%

 

 

2 days

 

10 lessons

 

2 weeks

 

98.5%

 

 

3 days

 

15 lessons

 

3 weeks

 

98%

 

 

 4 days

 

 20 lessons

 

 1 month

 

Penalty Warning Letter issued (Click here for Example)

 

 

97.5%

 

 

 5 days(1 Week)

 

 25 lessons

 

 1¼ months

 

Educational Penalty notice, Parenting Contract or Parenting Order may be issued if child’s attendance does not improve.

 

97%

 

 

 6 days

 

30 lessons

 

 1½ months

 

96.5%

 

 

 7 days

 

 35 lessons

 

1¾ months

 

96%

 

 

 8 days

 

 40 lessons

 

 2 months

 

95.5%

 

 

 9 days

 

45 lessons

 

2¼ months

 

95%

 

 

10days (2 weeks)

 

50 lessons

 

2½ months

 

At this stage there is Local Education Authority involvement and prosecutions may be issued.

 

 

92.50%

 

 

 15 days  

 

75 lessons

 

3 ¾ months

 

90%

 

 

20 days

 

100 lessons

 

 5 months

 

87.50%

 

 

25 days

 

125 lessons

 

 6 ¼ months

 

85%

 

 

30 days

 

 150 lessons

 

7 ½ months

 

82.50%

 

 

35 days

 

175 lessons

 

 8 ¾ months

 

80%

 

 

40 days

 

 200 lessons

 

10 months

 

At St Edmund Arrowsmith we appreciate that children are unwell and there can be exceptional circumstances for absence. Check through the ‘Should my child stay off school?’   booklet before making this decision.  Please think carefully before keeping your child off school as missing days for minor illnesses has a negative impact on your child’s progress. There is a strong connection between good attendance and achievement at school. Absence is proven to have a significant negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment.

Poor school attendance is at least 5 school days (10 sessions – morning & afternoon registration mark = 1 session) lost to unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absence is when no valid, reason has been provided to the school by the parent/carer for the absence. An Education Penalty Notice may be issued for 5 days (10 sessions) of unauthorised absence. Examples of unauthorised absence:

  • Arriving to school after registration has closed (after 9.15am).

  • Not attending school and on return, a valid reason is not offered by parent/carer.
  • The explanation offered is unsatisfactory.
  • ‘Special occasions’ (when the school does not agree that the leave should be given)
  • Holidays in term time.
  • Birthdays.
  • Shopping.
  • Looking after brothers, sisters or unwell parents.
  • Minding the house.
  • Waiting for a delivery to name just a few.

 

Lateness                                                                                

Pupils need to be in school no later than 8.40am.

In cases where a child persistently arrives at school after the register has closed and has acquired ten unauthorised (U) late marks within a period of no more than 10 weeks an Education Penalty Notice may be issued. Pupils who arrive late to school will receive a consequence in line with our punctuality procedures.

 

Poor school attendance combined with lateness which amounts to 10 sessions lost within a period of no more than 10 weeks can also trigger an Education Penalty Notice.

Please read the attached parent leaflet for more information.  

On the rare occasion your child needs to be off school due to illness or any other appropriate reason it is the parent/carers responsibility to contact the attendance team on 0151 477 8770, before 8.30am, to disclose the reason for absence. Parents/carers should also provide a note to the child’s Form Tutor on their return to school.

 

 

Known Absence (including appointments during the school day)

All appointments should be made out of school hours; however, in extreme circumstances a pupil may need to attend an appointment during the school day.  If this is the case the following procedure should be adhered to:

  • The student should present a note from the parent/carer to the Attendance Manager stating the reason for the request to leave school early. The time and date of the appointment

    should be written on the note.
  • When the student wishes to leave the Centre for Learning, they are to present the note at the attendance office and sign out before leaving.
  • The school reserves the right to refuse permission to permit students to miss school or to leave school early. If in doubt, parents/carers or pupils should refer the matter to their respective Progress Leader or Attendance Officer.

Pupils must be collected from school by a parent or carer if permission is granted.  Pupils will not be allowed to leave the school site unsupervised. 

 

Holidays

Holidays are not authorised by the school unless it is classed as exceptional circumstances.

 

 

Attendance rewards and initiatives

Pupils at school can expect to receive either:

  • Certificates/ badges/stickers.
  • Letters to parents to acknowledge excellent attendance.
  • Their name and photograph on displays
  • Personal congratulations from members of staff.

Pupils can also receive bonus class chart points if their form has 100% attendance or 100% punctuality for that week. Form group ‘Jump the dinner queue passes’ can be won if their class wins the end of term draw. Certificates from Progress Leaders are also awarded in end of term assemblies for 100% or significantly improved attendance.