Our Approach to Attendance
Here at St Patrick’s, we make no apology for having the highest expectations regarding attendance. To us, having pupils present, each day in school, is vital to each child’s development: socially and academically. Children who maintain an excellent level of attendance have the greatest chance of making the best possible progress, whatever their starting points. Attendance is rigorously monitored. Where we have concerns regarding levels of attendance, we will always try to work closely with families to offer any support possible.
During the current pandemic, we have to apply additional caution. If your child is unwell, displaying any Covid-19 symptoms, we ask s/he does not attend school and that you book a Covid test as soon as possible – letting us know the outcome as soon as you are informed.
If you have any questions about attendance, please contact us.
The School Attendance Officer
Lesley Sabourn works with the school to improve pupil attendance.
School Holiday Dates
Please note that voluntary aided (church) schools, foundation schools and academies may have set different dates and you should check with the school or academy to confirm their arrangements or view the PDF for schools not following the standard term and holiday dates.
Application for leave of absence during term time
The Government has amended regulations for taking holidays in term time and these new regulations come into effect from September 2013.
Head teachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a head teacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. Please complete page one of the Leave of Absence Application Form and submit to Mrs Burgess for consideration.
Please contact the school if you wish to discuss this with the Headteacher.
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