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Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. St Mary’s CEVA School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.


Our policy applies to all children registered at St Mary's and is made available to all parents/carers of pupils who are registered at our school on this website.


The policy has been written to adhere to the relevant Children Acts, Education Acts, Regulations and Guidance from the Department for Education in addition to guidance from the Local Authority.


Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Headteacher and Governors at St Mary's work together with other professionals and agencies to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported to develop good attendance habits. Procedures in the Attendance policy are followed to ensure this happens.


Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning. They develop large gaps in their learning which will impacts on progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations. A child whose attendance drops to below 90% each year will, over their time at primary school, have missed two whole terms of learning.


Attendance at school is essential if children are to get the most out of their education, the partnership with parents is crucial in ensuring the children get the best possible education they can. The guidance in our Attendance policy is very clear with regard to what is expected from parents.


Attendance at St Mary’s CEVA Primary School

The average national attendance in 2018-19 was 95%. At St Mary’s the attendance was 96.6%, our target for every child is 97%.


Number of school days missed


Zero days off

Excellent! A child can take advantage of all learning opportunities.

98% +

Less than a week

Very good – This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. A child should reach his/her full potential, leading to the best possible start to their formal education.


5 days – a school week


6 days

Good attendance – A child has a good start to their schooling and can make the most of all opportunities to do their best.


8 days

Satisfactory just above the average – A child is likely to achieve their targets, however, they should strive to build on this.


10 days – two school weeks

Below the average attendance nationally - If a child has more than two weeks away from school they may fail to make the progress expected.


15 days – three school weeks

Poor attendance – absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Parents will need to work with the school to improve the situation.

Below 90%

20 days – four school weeks

Unacceptable – A child will now be finding it extremely difficult to keep up and achieve their best. Below 90% attendance is considered persistent absenteeism and the Local Authority may become involved to take action. Where this is due to a genuine medical reason an Individual Health Care Plan will be considered.

Below 80%


Children with this attendance are missing a day of every week in school. Absence is causing SERIOUS CONCERN. It is seriously affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting the child’s learning. Where the absences are unauthorised, the school will be supported by the Local Authority to take action against the parents/carers.