St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

Late/Absence Procedures


Did you know?

  • 5 minutes late every day means around 3 ½ days of education are missed
  • a score of 90% in a test would be a good result but 90% attendance means that a child will have missed around 100 lessons over a school year.



Attendance during one school year equals this number of days absent which is approximately this many weeks absent which means this number of lessons missed
95% 9 days 2 weeks 50 lessons
90% 19 days 4 weeks 100 lessons
85% 29 days 6 weeks 150 lessons
80% 38 days 8 weeks 200 lessons

Attendance and holidays

Regular attendance is important if your child is to benefit from all the learning opportunities we offer at St John’s School. We monitor attendance very closely every week and all absences must be accounted for. If your child has to be away from school, please let us know the reason. Unexplained absences are followed up with parents as are regular short-term absences. These may require a home visit by a member of our School Inclusion Team.

Family holidays

The school follows the Local Authority policy which states that holidays during term time are not permitted. Long absences from school can have detrimental effect on standards of work. If you have an exceptional circumstance which gives you no option but to travel during term time, we ask you to discuss this with the school before booking any tickets. The Governors will only authorise leave of absence for up to two weeks in exceptional circumstances. If a child fails to return after two weeks they risk losing their place at St John’s School. The staff work very hard to promote 100% attendance and we appreciate your support in this matter.

Enforcement of school attendance

Where children are not receiving a full-time education and there isn’t a good reason why not, parents may have to pay a fine.

Parents may also have to attend court where they could receive both a fine and a criminal record.