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For a child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential.


At Christ the King Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school so successful. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.


It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.


For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital they are at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.


Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training


Attendance facts


Above 97%

Less than 6 days absence a year

Excellent attendance! Pupils with this attendance should achieve the best they can.


Less than 10 days absence a year

Pupils with this attendance are more likely to achieve their targets at the end of the year.


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.


30 days absence over the 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


Pupils with this attendance are missing a day for every week of school.

It will be almost impossible to keep up with their work and achieve their best.



Overall Punctuality

Being late can mean:

5 minutes late every day         

3 days of school lost learning time a year

10 minutes late every day

6.5 days of school lost learning time a year

15 minutes late every day

10 days of school lost learning time a year

20 minutes late every day

13 days of school lost learning time a year

30 minutes late every day

19 days of school lost learning time a year


Please follow the NHS guidance relating to your child's sickness absence