Attendance at SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy
Our Weekly Attendance figures are:
Statement of Intent
SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy believes that in order to facilitate teaching and learning, good attendance is essential. Pupils cannot achieve their full potential if they do not regularly attend school.
SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy is committed to following the framework set in section 7 of the Education Act 1996, which states that: “The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full-time education suitable:- (a) to age, ability and aptitude and (b) to any special educational needs he/ she may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”
The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of our whole school community. However, in order to achieve our aims, specific staff will have more involvement in the implementation of this policy and procedures than others. These include the Pastoral Leader, class teachers, teaching assistants, senior management, Local Governing Body, pupils, parents/carers and administrative staff. It also involves external agencies including the Local Authority Education Welfare Service, Strengthening Families Hub and Social Care.
The Pastoral Leader will work closely with school staff and parents to improve whole school attendance. Registers will be completed accurately, first day calls will be made, home visits will be completed, regular meetings in school with parents/carers to discuss any concerns that arise, in some cases Early Help Assessments may be offered to provide a holistic package of support for families. School will work closely with the local authority education welfare officer to ensure all pupils attend school regularly.
The government expects schools and local authorities to:
Promote and model good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence. ∙ Provide early intervention and work with other agencies to ensure the health and safety of pupils.
Ensure every pupil has access to full time education to which they are entitled to and act early to address any patterns of absence.
Reward regular school attendance.
Ensure equality and fairness of treatment for all.
Communicate expectations of parents to perform their legal duties by ensuring their children of compulsory school age, who are registered at school, attend daily. ∙ Ensure all pupils are punctual to their lessons.
Implement our policies in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (2010)
All children have equal access to a full time education regardless of their gender, nationality, disability or race. We are committed to providing a safe and happy environment in order for children to achieve their full potential.
The Department for Education (DfE) clearly states: ‘Central to raising standards in Education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.’