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St Andrew’s takes the attendance of its pupils very seriously.

The progress and attainment of a child is directly linked to their level of attendance at school.

School Attendance Statement
• Regular attendance is a legal requirement.
• It is so important because the child has the opportunity to experience the rich St Andrew’s curriculum, with its contribution to the pupil’s moral, spiritual, cultural, mental and social development.
• Regular attendance is an opportunity for parents/carers to demonstrate their responsibility and commitment to the education of their child.

Attendance Levels
Children’s attendance is classified as:
• 97% to 100% – Excellent attendance – we are aiming for this!
• 96% – Expected attendance.
• Below 95% – Attendance below this level will trigger action by the school.

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring their child attends school regularly and punctually. Parents/carers must contact the school and report absence on the first day and continue to do so in line with the school’s policy.

Attendance Process
• Parents/carers will be made aware of their child’s attendance on a termly basis.
• If a child’s attendance falls below 95%, parents/carers will be informed by letter.
• Levels of attendance persistently below 95% are of concern and will be investigated.
• If a child’s attendance levels drop towards 92%, the Local Authority Attendance Officer will become involved and monthly update letters will be issued.

School Attendance Policy
For information on Authorised Absence and Unauthorised Absence, see Page 4 in the document below.
For details on how to report a child’s absence, see Page 4 and 5.
To learn more about the school’s policy on Holidays in Term Time, see page 5.

St Andrew’s Attendance Policy 2018 (PDF)

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