Tel: 01744 678570
Headteacher: Mrs A Friar | SENCO: Mrs L Nagy


Our Attendance: 2019/20


Autumn 1: 95.15%

We just missed our 96% minimum target this half term and continue to discourage all families from taking holidays in term time.

Autumn 2: 91.36% 

We were very disappointed with our attendance figure this half term. However, we acknowledge the huge impact of a sickness bug in the lead up to Christmas. As a school, we strictly followed all advice issued by Public Health England to prevent the spread of this bug, but recognise the detrimental effect of this on our attendance.

Spring 1: 96.5% 

Staff and pupils were so pleased that we were above our minimum attendance target of 96% this half term! Let’s keep up the good work…



Attendance for 2018/19 Academic Year = 95.02%


Guide to criteria for non-attendance leading to a penalty notice possibly being given.
  • 10 sessions (5 school days) of unauthorised absence, including unauthorised holiday, during a period of 100 school sessions. The absences do not need to be consecutive.
  • Persistently late for up to 10 sessions. Automatically unauthorised if arriving after 9.30am.

We would try and ensure that we work with you to resolve any problems that may attribute to non-attendance/lateness before taking this last line of action.

Your child’s attendance and education is important to us

From September 2014, the law was changed regarding holidays in term time. The ten day discretion that allowed  Head Teachers to grant holidays was removed from the law.

From that time, a leave of absence’ during term time can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Leave of absence forms can be obtained from the school office. There is an electronic copy attached below for your convenience. Please ensure that completed forms are handed into the school office prior to any absence.


St John Vianney Primary School attendance target is 96%. This is inline with the Government expectations.


The school office will contact parents/carers in the morning as part of our first response where the reason for absence have not been reported to us. Regular checks on individual percentages are carried out and families are contacted when their child’s attendance causes a concern. These families are requested to attend a meeting with the Educational Welfare Officer and Mrs Clisby, Pastoral Lead.


Please be aware that  if your child’s attendance falls below 92% they are at risk of becoming a persistent absentee and school will have a  meeting with you to discuss this concern. if your child’s attendance falls below 90%, they are classed as being a persistent absentee. in these cases school will make a referral to the Education Welfare Service.

Thank you for your continued supoprt and hard work in helping us achieve our attendance aims. We are passionate about hitting the 96% target we have set.



St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Elton Head Road, Sutton Heath, St. Helens, WA9 5BT
error: Content is protected !!