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La Sainte Union Catholic School

Attendance Policy and Expectations

Attendance Policy and Expectations


La Sainte Union seeks to ensure excellent school attendance and punctuality so that pupils can achieve and realise their potential and have full opportunities to be involved in all aspects of school life.

We appreciate that your daughter may be unwell from time to time and that there can be exceptional circumstances for absence but we urge you to think carefully about keeping your child out of school.

There is a strong connection between poor attendance and under achievement.

Attendance Policy



You can see in the table below how percentage attendance relates to the number of days off school:

98% attendance

4 days absent from school

95% attendance

10 days absent from school (2 weeks)

90% attendance

19 days absent from school (4 weeks)

85% attendance

27.5 days absent from school (5.5 weeks)

80% attendance

38 days absent from school (7.5 weeks)

We expect every student to achieve over 95% attendance in the school year. From September 2015, the advice from the Department for Education is that any pupil with less than 90% attendance will be classed as a persistent absentee. Any persistent absentee will be discussed with the Educational Welfare Service.

What happens if your child is absent from school?

If your daughter is absent from school you will receive an absence text by 10.30am, unless you have already informed us that she will be absent. This is to ensure that you are aware that she has not arrived at school.

If your daughter’s attendance drops below 95% you may receive a letter of concern and we will ask you to contact the school to discuss your daughter's attendance.

If your daughter’s attendance drops below 90% you may receive a further letter. It is likely that you daughter’s absence will be referred to the Educational Welfare Service and there may be statutory action taken.

What happens if your child is persistently late for school?

The school day starts at 8.30am and registers remain open until 9.00am. If your daughter arrives between 8.30am and 9.00am, she will be marked late in the register (L). If she arrives after 9.00am, without an appropriate reason, she will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (U). Your daughter will receive ‘late’ detention on the same day as she is late. This lasts for 30 minutes plus the number of minutes your daughter was late. If your daughter is recorded as L or U eight times or more over a period of eight weeks, she will be referred to the Educational Welfare Service and you may receive a fine.

We want to work with you and your daughter to ensure optimum attendance and will do whatever we can to offer support where it is needed. We are able to refer you to a number of school and external support services that may be able to help.

Please contact , if you have concerns regarding your daughter’s attendance or want to discuss your particular situation.  

Absences during Term-time

As of the 1st September 2013, the Government has amended the regulations regarding absences during term-time.

Amendments to the regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The law does NOT give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term-time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and, as the Headteacher, I must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. Parents may be asked to provide documentary evidence as proof of such exceptional circumstances.

Parents can also be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term-time without consent from the school.

Please also be aware that the Government has reduced the timescale for paying a Penalty Notice; the timescale from 1st September will be £60 within 21 days of notification of the fine or £120 within 28 days.

A link to the statutory framework can be found by clicking here.

Adverse Weather Policy

Please regularly check the school website for decisions regarding adverse weather.

La Sainte Union will endeavour to remain open during snow and bad weather.

In the event of severe weather, such as heavy snow and ice, the school may be forced to close. We endeavour to stay open at all times, however if we are forced to close, the school’s website will be updated and you will be sent a text message confirming the school’s closure. Please continue to check the Weather Forecast and TFL Service Updates for the next few days for weather warnings as hazardous conditions could affect public transport and your daughter’s journey into school.