We take attendance and punctuality very seriously at St. John’s, research has shown that there are clear links between good attendance and high achievement.  Attendance of 96 – 100% is the target for all our children should aim for.  Anything below this equates to an unacceptable amount of time being taken off school and will, without doubt, have an impact on children’s learning and progress.

‘Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school’.

School Attendance: Statutory guidance and departmental advice, DFE Aug 2013

At St. John’s, we are continuously working towards meeting the target of 96% attendance.

Our Aims

  • To ensure that all pupils and Parents/Carers are aware of the importance of good attendance.
  • To implement effective strategies for improving attendance at school.
  • To minimise negative impact of non-attendance on teaching and learning.
  • To minimise absence levels.
  • To minimise unauthorised absence.

Holiday and Inset Dates

The following link takes you to the West Sussex County Council website where the school holidays are shown:

In addition to the above our Inset days are on are school calendar.

Requests for Holidays during Term Time

Current Government Regulations states that parents do not have the right to take children out of school for family holidays.  The amended Regulations make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

It is important that all parents read the Attendance Policy before requesting leave of absence during term time.

St Johns Catholic Primary School Attendance Policy 2017

Time taken out of school without the Headteacher’s prior written agreement will be recorded as unauthorised and may result in a fixed penalty notice.

Request for Absence

Further information – West Sussex attendance information

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