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Why Attendance is important:

At St John's Primary Academy, we believe attending school regularly is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and wider development. Evidence shows that the students with the highest attendance throughout their time in school gain the best GCSE and A Level results. (Education Hub - here)

The link between attendance and attainment is clear:

• In 2018/19, just 40% of persistently absent (PA) children in KS2 achieved expected KS2 standards, compared with 84% of pupils who were regular attenders.

Attendance policy link here

Attendance Expectations:

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. The aim should be to attend 100% of the time.

Students who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams.

School attendance:

Attendance percentage


95 to 100%

As expected

91 to 94%

At risk of persistent absence

80 to 90%

Persistent absence

51 to 79%           

At risk of severe absence

Less than or equal to 50%

Severe absence

LCC Attendance Strategy here

If you have concerns or need support with your child’s attendance please contact the academy as soon as you can to ensure early support is available. 

Mrs Jefferson is our attendance lead and there to support families. If you wish to speak to Mrs Jefferson, in the first instance please email


It is also important to arrive at school on time. If a child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer. Below is a graph showing how being late to school every day over a school year adds up to lost learning time over one academic year. The Academy day begins at 8.45am with the registers closing at 8.55am.

Absence Processes:

The Academy has clear processes to manage absence. These can be found here

Term Time Holiday and Requesting a Leave of Absence:

Term-time holiday will not be authorised and could result in a fixed penalty fine. Only exceptional circumstances warrant a leave of absence. Academies will consider each application individually, taking into account the specific facts and circumstances and relevant background context behind the request.

A LOA request form can be found here

What can parents/carers do to support their child?

  • Support their learning.
  • Talk positively about school and let your child know you're there to support their learning at home,
  • Support them at exam time,
  • Attend parents' evenings

As much as you can:

  • Go along to other school events.
  • Develop their resilience 

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (