Supported by Bury Local Authority

Download:2019-2020 School Attendance & Late Policy

Download: Attendance leaflet


St. Joseph & St. Bede Primary School is a successful school and your son/daughter plays a vital role in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. School should be a happy and enjoyable experience for all students. It is a place where learning takes place, where friendships are formed and where social and educational skills are developed within a safe and secure environment.

For all children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend school regularly. Your child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.

Why Regular Attendance is so important

Pupils who fail to attend regularly experience educational and social disadvantage at school and their future life prospects can be impaired. They can also be at risk of drifting into antisocial and criminal behaviour. Pupil absence can also disrupt teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same classroom environment.

To ensure your child reaches his/her full potential it is very important that you make sure that your child attends regularly and punctually, and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

Promoting Regular School Attendance

Helping to create a pattern of regular attendance is everybody’s responsibility – parents, pupils and all members of school staff.

To help us all to focus on this we will: (Options)

  • Complete accurate attendance registers. Registers are taken twice a day, once at the beginning of the morning session and another during the afternoon;
  • Give you details on attendance at our Family Assemblies
  • Report to you at parent evenings and on the annual report on how your son/daughter is performing in school, what their attendance and punctuality rate is and how this relates to their attainments;
  • Celebrate good attendance by displaying individual and class achievements;
  • Reward good or improving attendance through class competitions, certificates and events.

Telephone numbers:

There are times when we need to contact parents about lots of things, including absence, so we need to have your contact numbers at all times. Please help us to help you and your son/daughter by making sure we always have an up to date number – if we don’t then something important may be missed. There will be regular checks on telephone numbers throughout the year.

The School Attendance Officer (SAO formerly EWO):

Headteacher and/or Attendance Officer to resolve the problem, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your son/daughter to school on time.

Holidays in Term Time:

Holidays in term time will not be authorised as per the LA policy.

Those people responsible for attendance matters in this school are:

Mrs L. Teasdale /Mrs R. Lafferty 0161 764 3781

Ms S. Dunlop LA Attendance officer – Supported by Mrs. T. Beswick (Family Support Advisor)