Please make sure that if your child is absent you telephone school before 8.45am on the first day of sickness on 01723 363280, alternatively you can send a text to 07860 054176 and send in a note when your child comes back to school.


From 1st September, in line with government guidance, our usual attendance rules will apply. We expect all students to attend full time unless a statutory reason applies, i.e. sickness, an exceptional circumstance etc. or where a student is complying with clinical and/or Public Health England advice.

The DfE have confirmed that the following responsibilities will resume:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at the school where they are a registered pupil and they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence;
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.

What does good attendance look like?

Government research shows a correlation between high attendance and high attainment. Students who attend school regularly will typically achieve higher grades in examinations, have greater social skills and have the benefit of a full bodied education.

Our attendance target for the school is 96% and we expect all students to aim to reach 100% attendance throughout the year.

100% attendance

This is where all of our students aspire to be. 100% means no days off throughout the year.

96% attendance

This is around 6 days lost throughout the year.

Your child’s attendance is below 100% and they should try to attend every day moving forward.

Below 90% attendance

If a pupil’s attendance falls below 90% (19 school days of absence), they will be classed as a persistent absentee. The school’s escalation process will now usually begin.

Frequently asked questions:

What if my child is sick?

We do understand that children become ill from time to time and, should your child be too ill to attend school, we ask that you contact the school by 8.45am on each morning of absence. You may receive a call from our Attendance Officer or a home visit, to check all is ok, if no contact is made from home. If you prefer, you can text the school system on 07786 208896. This is a parental responsibility and it is not appropriate for a child to contact school themselves. Remember there is always support in school if students feel unwell through the day, and we will always contact you if necessary.

If your child is too ill to come to school over a number of days, then we would expect you to consult medical opinion and to provide the appropriate medical evidence (this can be in the form of an appointment card, prescription or a note from a medical professional).

My child has been unwell, when can they return to school?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they’re unwell. If you do keep your child at home, it’s important to phone school on each day of absence to let us know not to expect them.

Below is a link to the NHS website with guidance on how long to keep your child at home should they become unwell.

My child has a medical appointment. Can they be absent?

Medical appointments should not be taken during school time where possible. Where it is essential for an appointment to take place during the school day, we would ask that you please provide the school with sight of the child’s appointment card/letter. Please ensure that, wherever possible, your child attends school before and after the appointment.

We want to go on a family holiday. Is this allowed?

The government is very firm in their guidance that schools are not allowed to authorise leave of absence during term time, including for family holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any period of unauthorised absence may result in you, as a parent, receiving a fixed penalty notice fine. Our school office can provide you with a form if you wish to request leave under exceptional circumstances.

We recognise that the vast major of parents elect not to take their child out of school due to the detrimental impact it can have on their child’s studies.

What time is late? What happens if my child is late?

All students are expected to arrive at school for 8.55am each morning. Any student who arrives after 8.55am should report to the school office. Pupils’ punctuality is closely monitored and they may receive a sanction for continued lateness.

What happens if the school has concerns about my child’s attendance?

The school monitors pupils’ absence on a daily, weekly and termly basis. If your child’s absence causes concern, we will contact you to discuss this. Our attendance escalation process will usually start with a phone call for us to discuss any barriers to learning.

If your child’s attendance doesn’t improve, you may be asked to come into school to meet with our Attendance Officer. This meeting would be a supportive measure to ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time to prevent escalated action being taken by the local authority.

Who can I contact to discuss attendance at school?

Please contact Mrs Krlic, Attendance Officer, on the main school number (Option 1) if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s school attendance.

Thank you for your continued support in helping your child fulfil their academic ability at St Augustine’s School.