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Attendance and Punctuality


It is a government legal requirement that all children attend school for 190 days. It is also a government requirement that we monitor attendance and apply the legal requirement.

St Austin’s is striving to achieve our goal of 96.5% whole school attendance.


St Austin’s Catholic Primary School recognises that good attendance is central to raising standards and pupil attainment.


Our school's attendance and punctuality mission is to:

  • Support pupils and their parents/carers in our establishment of the highest possible level of attendance and punctuality;
  •  Promote children’s welfare and safeguarding;
  • Ensure every pupil has access to a full time education which they are entitled to;
  • Ensure that pupils succeed and realise their full potential whilst at school;
  • Make parents/carers aware of their legal responsibilities.

St Austin's Attendance Team -

St Austin's has a dedicated Attendance Team to help support parents and pupils in maintaining and improving both attendance and punctuality:

Mrs Hoyle - Attendance Leader

Ms Johnson - Office Administrator / Mrs Bowden - Bursar


The team regularly monitors pupils' attendance and will contact parents when concerns arise. However if you are having issues with getting your child to attend school or need support in strategies to improve punctuality please make an appointment with Mrs Johnson to meet with the team for support and advice.


Attendance and Punctuality Newsletters -

These are issued every half term and will update you on the latest information regarding attendance systems. They contain useful tips to help maintain good attendance and punctuality and information about attendance and punctuality awards.


School Day -

*Please note that start and end times are currently staggered to allow for social distancing and will return to the normal hours below once all restrictions are lifted*

  • School continues to open at 8.45 with the doors closing at 8.55. However registers now close at 9.15. children arriving between 8.55-9.15 will be marked in as late, children arriving after 9.15 will receive a U mark which means the child is classed as having unauthorised absence.

Medical Appointments-

  • Parents/Carers need to provide evidence to remove pupils during the school day to attend medical appointments, wherever possible medical appointments should be arrange for either before or after the school day. Appointment cards/letters are acceptable evidence.
  • Only one session (either morning or afternoon) will be authorised for medical appointments and children should attend school prior to/or return after appointments unless the timing/travel makes it impractical to doso.


Holiday Requests

  • Holiday will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.
  • Any parent wishing to take their child out of school during the 190 days of statutory attendance needs to collect a form from the school office or download a copy from below. Reasons given will then be given consideration and you will receive a letter from the school.

Penalty Notices

  • If parents decide to take their children on an unauthorised holiday that lasts for more than 10 sessions (5 days) they may be subject to a fixed penalty notice.
  • If a child has more than 20 lates after the register closes (9.15) they may be subject to a fixed penalty notice
  • Any unauthorised absence stays on a child’s register for a 12 month period and the 10 sessions of holiday absence do not have to be from a 5 day holiday and could be made up of odd days over a 12 month rolling period.
  • Those with more than 20 sessions of unauthorised absence will now only receive one warning letter before being issued with a fine.


  • If a pupils attendance falls below 90% as a result of illness any further absence due to illness will need to be supported by medical evidence e.g. appointment card, medicines prescribed by the doctor.
  • Parents need to contact the school office before 9.30 to report a child’s absence.
  • Children should bring a note explaining their absence when they return to school.