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





Nof days absence


Learning missed


Total Absence over

5 years





0 days missed


0 lessons






 1 days


 5 lessons


 1 week





2 days


10 lessons


2 weeks





3 days


15 lessons


3 weeks





 4 days


 20 lessons


 1 month


Penalty Warning Letter issued (Click here for Example)






 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.





 6 days


30 lessons


 1½ months





 7 days


 35 lessons


1¾ months





 8 days


 40 lessons


 2 months





 9 days


45 lessons


2¼ months





10days (2 weeks)


50 lessons


2½ months


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






 15 days  


75 lessons


3 ¾ months





20 days


100 lessons


 5 months





25 days


125 lessons


 6 ¼ months





30 days


 150 lessons


7 ½ months





35 days


175 lessons


 8 ¾ months





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.



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 EVERY day of the absence before 8.30am


Three ways to inform:

 1.    Text message:   07537436365

2.    Voicemail :         0151 477 8770 (Option 1 or extension 1269)

3.    Email:                 seaattendance@seaonline.org.uk




Please leave child’s full name, year group and reason for absence when contacting. A letter/note in planner is needed on return and presented to attendance office


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 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.