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


Attendance from 3rd September 2016 to 24th July 2017    95.05%

Attendance from 4th September 2017 to 25th July 2018    95.33%

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

The school day begins at 8:50am for all classes.

If your child arrives after this then they will be marked as late and need to come to the school office.

The registers officially close at 9.30 if your child arrives after this time and you have not informed the office that they will be late due to an unavoidable appointment the absence will be marked as unauthorised.


If your child is unwell please contact the school office before the start of the school day. If the illness continues you must contact the office again on the third day.

If your child is absent and you have not informed the school by 9.30am, you will receive a telephone call/text requesting an explanation for their absence. If we are unable to contact you, you may receive a visit from the school attendance officer.

When your child returns to school you should send in a letter explaining their absence.

Head lice can be a problem in school and we would ask that you treat your child’s hair before attending school as head lice is not an acceptable reason for absence.

Term time holidays/leave of absence

All requests for holidays/leave of absence will be considered on an individual basis. Family holiday requests will not normally be authorised except in extremely exceptional circumstances and will only be granted at the discretion of the Headteacher.

This follows the advice of The Department for Education. They strongly discourage term-time holidays:

“Schools must remember that they can only approve absence for family holidays if they consider that there are special reasons which warrant the holiday.

Holiday prices and the fact that parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons. Absence for a family holiday can result in pupils with poor attendance becoming persistent absentees.”

(Further information on advice regarding attendance is available on the DfE website. A copy of the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 is available on the UK Statute Law Database.)

Absence from school really does affect your child’s progress, and usually, they will not be able to catch up on any lessons that they have missed.

1 day a week away from school = 39 days a year or 7 weeks and 4 days of missed lessons, that’s ½ term of learning lost!


15 minutes late every day = one whole literacy or numeracy lesson lost every week!

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St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Elton Head Road, Sutton Heath, St. Helens, WA9 5BT