Our Lady & St Patrick's Roman Catholic Nursery & Primary School
Fourth Avenue
TQ14 9DT
Tel: 01626 773905

Headteacher Mrs Sarah Barreto




Annual Attendance: Target and achievement

How much time has been missed?

The information which follows is for the year ending July 2017

Attendance Figures: On roll 203
Percentage Attendance for Academic Year 16/17 - 95.97%
Missed - authorised 3.46%
Unauthorised - 0.57%



Please make sure that your child is absent only in unavoidable situations, absence due to sickness should be reported between 8.40 am and 9.00 am (or a message left on the answer phone) on the first day of absence. A note must be supplied to the class teacher after each absence, stating the reason and length of absence. 


Planned absences for medical appointment ect., should be requested using an "S2" Absence Request Form, available from the school office. Please try to make appoinments outside of school hours wherever possible and give as much notice as possible, to enable teachers to plan accordingly.



The Head can only authorise absence for exceptional circumstances.  The Head decides the length of the absence which can be authorised in the light of the reasons for the request being made.  The maximum of ten days is no longer applicable and has not been for some time.  A child who attends for 100% of the available school days is more likely to succeed at school. 

The Government strongly encourages parents to take their holidays during the thirteen weeks when the school is closed, rather than during term time.  Some schools do not authorise any term time absence at all.  All schools need to have a policy on attendance, approved by the Governors, which is available under the Policies section of the website.

Already established acceptable reasons for absence are:

•          Illness of the child

•          Bereavement of a close relative

•          Religious observance

•          Unavoidable medical appointments

The school has the option to consider a list of exceptional circumstances which is particular to that school and its community but may be shared with a number of local schools in discussion with other head teachers.  For those circumstances which MAY be considered to permit the parent to take a holiday in term time, written evidence is required at the time of application e.g. a letter from employer or doctor. 

•         If a pupil’s attendance is below 94-95% (this includes absence for illness or other reasons), then an absence request           is unlikely to be authorised.  In the autumn term, schools usually make a decision based on the previous year’s attendance.

•      Parents should be informed that the absence is not authorised and, if the absence is taken, then a fine may be imposed.

•        If the parent goes ahead and the child is absent, the school and the Attendance Improvement Officer should seek to impose a fine.

•        Information about the stance being taken will be regularly included in the schools newsletter.

Schools also consider times in the academic year when they will not authorise any absences.  These dates usually include things like:

E.g.      Early September (settling into new class)

            Y6 – March, April and May for SATs

            Y2 – May, for SATs etc.

Please be assured that we strive to work with our parents and families at all times and listen and respond to the needs of our community. However, there are times when we must do what we feel is best for the school and the child even though this may conflict with parents' wishes.


We monitor each childs attendance, those achieving 100% attendance for each term and again for the whole academic year are presented with an attendance certificate during our celebrations assemblies.

Click here to read letter sent to all parent in September 2017

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