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Attendance Matters


Attend Today - Achieve Tomorrow!


Attendance is a key focus in our school: we are determined to ensure pupils and parents understand fantastic attendance is something we expect from all pupils: we call this initiative 'Attendance Matters'.


Excellent attendance not only gives pupils the best chance to make good progress in their learning, it also creates attendance habits that last a lifetime. On this page, you will find our latest Newsletter, learn about what we do to in school to promote 'Attendance Matters' and also learn about how you can help your child become one of our 100% attendance stars!

Why not read our Spring 2019 newsletter and read about our big improvements in Attendance?

Attendance Matters - Summer 2018 Newsletter

Attendance and Punctuality Matter!



Here at St. Francis de Sales we understand the key importance of pupils being in school everyday, on time - ready to fulfil their potential. To achieve this, we work in close partnership with parents to ensure children attend school regularly and arrive at a punctual time. 


Our target for attendance for each pupil is 97% and above (this is no more than 6 days of absence over the whole year).


To achieve this, our school strives to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels valued and supported. School staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and arrives in a punctual manner.


We host attendance matters assemblies every Friday, in which pupils and classes with the best attendance and punctuality are celebrated. We want to ingrain good habits for attendance and punctuality that will last a lifetime for our pupils, setting them off on the right foot into the paths they take in the future. 


Remember: Everyday Counts!


The main reason children are absent from school is due to illness. Keeping healthy so your child is able to attend school more regularly is an important part of your child’s life. Parents can also help by ensuring their children stay healthy by taking exercise, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet.


Good Common Sense

Use good common sense when deciding whether your child needs to stay at home. Work on the basis that sick children belong at home and well children belong in school.  Please remember that early morning aches and pains often pass, so don’t keep your child at home ‘just in case’ when they could be learning in class.


We firmly believe that when children are in school everyday and on time, then this is reflected in good progress being made in the classroom and will give children the best opportunities to succeed and achieve in our school.


Our school day is from 8:55am until 3.30pm - Remember: "In the line for five to nine!"


Good Attendance

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. We believe that children who do not attend school regularly are more likely to:-

  • Fall behind in their school work
  • Find it difficult to make and keep friends
  • Be unhappy at school


Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help your child later on. Employers want to recruit people who are reliable. So children who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.


What is Good Attendance?

The Government’s target for school attendance is 97% and above - this is the target we are determined to beat here in St Francis de Sales!


How do we Reward Good Attendance?


We have the following attendance incentives/rewards to celebrate those with ‘good’ or better attendance:


  • All individual children with 100% attendance for a full term will receive a certificate 
  • The class with the best weekly attendance for the week receive an extra break time as a reward 
  • Children with 100% attendance for the whole school year receive a special trophy and also get to enjoy a reward trip fully funded by the school



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What do attendance figures REALLY mean?


97% and above – Less than 6 days absence a year!  Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best possible outcomes.


96% –  8 days absence in a year. Good attendance. Pupils with this attendance are more likely to achieve their academic targets. .


90% – 20 days absence over the year. Pupils with this attendance are missing approximately a month (20 days) of school per year and may fall behind in Maths, English and other subjects; it will be difficult for them to achieve their best. With this level of attendance, the Department for Education consider children to be a ‘Persistent Absentee’.


85% – 30 days absence in a year. These pupils are missing approximately 6 weeks of school a year. It will be very difficult for them to keep up and achieve their best.


80% – Pupils with this attendance are missing a day for every week of school! It will be almost impossible to keep up with their work. Parents of pupils with this level of attendance will be made known to the LA and it is possible that they will face legal action.

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As a reward for pupils with 100% attendance, we organise trips and other special occasions - such as this amazing visit for Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, for some lucky pupils!

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Reward for 100% Attendance, Autumn Term


Circusology Workshop!


As a reward for their 100% attendance during the autumn term, children from each year group were given the opportunity to take part in an afternoon of circus skills training with an expert from Circusology. Children were able to take part in a wide range of activities including: juggling; plate spinning; balancing tricks and those feeling particularly brave could even try uni-cycling.


The children were totally captivated from the first moment and were eager to have a go at everything. Within five minutes, children who had been saying, "I could never to that", were walking around balancing enormous ostrich feathers on the ends of their noses and chins, while others were spinning diabolos expertly - something few had previously been able to do on the playground. Some were even able to throw and catch them again.


As well as having an incredibly enjoyable time, the children's focus and determination to master a whole new set of skills was both fascinating and hilarious to watch. Even some teachers, in between digitally recording the action and supporting the children, managed to join in the fun...much to the amusement of the children.

100% attendance - rewarded with 100% enjoyment - you deserved it!