St Gildas Catholic Primary School

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Attendance and Absences

 "The school regularly monitors attendance data, including for key groups. Patterns are analysed and rigorously followed up. Historic, low attendance (due mainly to the persistent absence of a few pupils) continues to be rigorously addressed. Pastoral support provided by the school is appreciated by parents and proving to be effective," OFSTED 2017



If your child is away from school for any reason, it is important to let us know. Please telephone the school in the morning, before 10.30am, and follow up with a letter to explain the absence to the class teacher on the child's return to school.


If it is to be a long absence, work can be sent home for him/her to do. The Headteacher follows DfE and LA guidelines when considering requests for term time absence. Only in exceptional circumstances will any term time absence be authorised. A family holiday is not considered an exceptional absence.  Requests for absence in term time must be made by completing a request form, which is available from the office. Any unathorised absences which amount to more than 10 sessions in any one academic year may be reported to the Education Attendance Officer and may result in a fine for the parents.


An unauthorised absence is one in which the reason for the absence has not been made known to the school, or is not authorised by the school.


The school's absence rate as at 11/07/18 is 3.6%.

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Attendance Policy