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Parents and carers should contact school on 01228 404769, or via email on by 9.00am EVERY day their child is absent.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding your child's attendance please contact their Form Tutor for an appointment. General queries can be made via the contact details above.

Reporting Absences

Parents should contact school on 01228 404769, or via email on by 9.00am every day their child is absent.
Contact every day of absences is required to avoid a safeguarding issue. If school has had no notification, a daily absence message is sent out, where a response is required quickly.
All unexplained absences will be recorded as unauthorised, which can result in a referral to the Access and Inclusion Officer at the Local Authority.

Our expectations for our pupils, our parents, ourselves…

At St John Henry Newman Catholic School, we know that showing up to school on time, every day, makes a huge difference to our pupils' learning and future success. Great attendance and being on time are big parts of that success recipe!

So, we're keen to make sure our attendance and punctuality rates are as high as they can be. Just like the Government and Local Authority suggest, we aim for all our pupils to be in school at least 95% of the time. If a pupil's attendance drops below 90%, that's called "persistent absenteeism", and we intend to step-in, offer support and get the attendance record back on track. Whilst it is always undesirable for us as a school to resort to Fixed Penalty Notices and potential prosecution, we take our role seriously in ensuring good attendance, and will resort to these measures if necessary. In the unlikely event that parents keep their child off school without suitable medical reason/illness, they can be prosecuted for knowingly obstructing their child’s education. In terms of holidays, the headteacher will only authorise a holiday in the most exceptional of circumstances which can be discussed further with the headteacher. Where parents choose to take their child out of school in unauthorised circumstances, we will not hesitate to ensure we pursue the matter with the Local Education Authority.

Remember, it's up to all of us – parents, staff, pupils, and governors – to improve the attendance of our pupils. That's why we keep a close eye on attendance for all our pupils, all of the time

Why attendance matters

Attendance at school directly ties into academic achievement. The reason is simple: the more a student is present at school, the more they can actively engage with their learning, benefit from the structured environment and the guidance of their teachers, as well as participate in collaborative learning activities with peers.

The numbers back this up, too. Studies have found that students who attain a perfect attendance record, being present 100% of the time, have a significant advantage. They're 1.5 times more likely to score 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 1 or equivalent. That advantage jumps even higher, to 2.8 times, when we're talking about achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, including English and Mathematics. This comparison is drawn against students with attendance rates falling below 85%.

In short, being at school as much as possible gives students more opportunities to learn, practice, and understand new concepts, which ultimately helps them to perform better in their assessments. It's like a chain reaction, with each step linking directly to the next: consistent attendance leads to consistent learning, which then leads to higher achievement.

Every single school day matters

Good attendance means being in school 95% of the time. That means you're in school for 180-190 days a year.  This table that shows how many days a student would miss at different levels of attendance:



Punctuality is important: research has shown that showing up on time is one of the most critical factors for succeeding at school.
Being prompt:
1. Kicks your day off on the right foot and puts you in a good mood, which means you can make the most out of your learning experiences.
2. Sets a great pattern for your future. After all, being late all the time won't go down well with future employers.
3. Contributes to having a good attendance record, since you're not missing part of the day.
4. Boosts achievement because you're present for the WHOLE duration of all your classes.
At St John Henry Newman Catholic School, we expect all students to arrive in good time for Tutor Time which starts at 8:50am.
But what happens if a student is late?
Firstly, teachers or pastoral support staff will have a quick chat (no more than 10 minutes) to discuss what's going on. If being late becomes a habit, students will have to attend a detention led by the Pastoral Team. This detention lasts for 45 minutes and happens every day. Parents or carers will receive a notice about this. Going to detention is important to avoid further consequences.
If a student keeps being late, they may be referred to the school attendance team for additional support. As with poor attendance, the school has the ability to pursue measures such as Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecution for continual lateness.

Help and Support

If your child has some attendance issues you can receive more guidance and support here.
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