It is well known that regular attendance at school is vital. Put simply, absence means missed learning; without it the learning process becomes fragmented and unsatisfactory.
Here at St. Mary's Catholic Primary school, we want every child to have the best possible attendance at school to enable them to maximise their potential. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results for children. Children who frequently miss school may fall behind in their work which may affect their prospects. Absence may also have an effect on friendships.
The school sees 96% attendance or above as the target for all pupils. Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 and September 2013 make clear that Headteachers may not authorise holidays (or other leave of absence) in term time unless there are very exceptional circumstances. The school upholds these regulations and supports the use of financial penalties and court action where necessary.