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St. Bernard's RC Primary

St. Bernard's RC Primary

A Voluntary Academy


Every second matters in school to ensure our children reach their potential. Our attendance system ensures that no children are disadvantaged by poor attendance and punctuality and through our positive partnerships, we endeavour to achieve excellent attendance for all.

Gold award winners

Congratulations to all the children who achieved 100% attendance in 2018-19, you thoroughly deserve your certificate and medal! 92 of our 204 children achieved 98+% - huge congratulations to these children as well!

At the end of Summer term 2019, our whole school attendance was 95.2% - an increase on last year. We will continue to strive to meet our 96% target. As a school, our persistent absentee rate reduced compared to the previous year. In 2019-20 we will continue to work effectively in partnership with all families to reduce further our persistent absentee figures.

How do we share attendance expectations?

All parents and children are reminded of attendance expectations and systems around attendance & punctuality through:

  • Welcome pack
  • New Starter's Meetings
  • Newsletter
  • Assembly 
  • Website
  • Twitter & Facebook

Parents are expected to phone and let school know if their child is absent and the reason why.

rewarding attendance and punctuality 

  • Individual and class certificates for excellent attendance. Class certificates are awarded weekly
  • End of year medals for children meeting our whole school target. These include bonze medals for 96%+, silver medals for 98%+ and gold medals for 100%

monitoring attendance

Mrs Pulford monitors attendance daily.

Text messages are sent to parent/carers if their child is absent.

If attendance and punctuality is not meeting expectations parents will be offered support in improving this before a formal meeting is planned.

If attendance and punctuality fail to improve the Education Welfare Service will be contacted and a formal meeting with the Head of school will be held. 

Attendance 2018-19 

Mrs Pulford closely monitors the attendance of all pupils to help us achieve our target of 96% attendance.  This year:

  • 16 children achieved 100% attendance
  • 137 children achieved 96% or higher attendance

Last year attendance for the whole school was 95.2%. In 2018-19 we hope to improve this figure using our strong partnership with our families.

Holidays in term time

Anyone wishing to take children out if school during term time will need to book an appointment to see Mr. Jevons, Head of School, and put the request in writing to Mrs Pulford, our Attendance Officer.

Parents must understand that taking your child out of school during term time affects the school's overall figures, where much work is being done to ensure that our attendance improves year on year.

Time off school will only be authorised under 'exceptional' circumstances. Family holidays will not be considered 'exceptional'.  

From Cheshire West and Chester:

In 2013, the Department for Education (DFE) announced important amendments to legislation surrounding the taking of holidays in term time.

As of 1 September 2013, the legislation which previously granted Head Teachers the discretion to approve up to two weeks (ie 10 school days) leave of absence during term time for the purposes of a family holiday in special circumstances has changed.

The Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 (as amended) now state that a leave of absence during term time can only be approved by a Head Teacher/School Governing Body when:

  • A written request is made in advance of the leave being taken and the circumstances of the requested leave are ‘exceptional’.

There is no longer any provision for ‘holidays’ in the regulations.

Following guidance from the DfE the Head Teacher and the School’s Governing Body on receipt of a written request for an absence of leave from a parent/carer will consider whether the circumstances of the request are ‘exceptional’ and communicate to the parent/carer if their request has been approved or not. A leave of absence during term time for the purposes of a holiday is not normally considered to qualify as exceptional.

If a leave of absence goes ahead after a request for approval has been declined, the absence will be recorded on the pupil’s registration record as unauthorised.

Should an unauthorised leave of absence be of duration of 10 consecutive school sessions (ie five school days) or more, on the request of the Head Teacher or School Governing Body, the local authority will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to each of the child’s parents/carers.