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St Peter's Infants School Attendance Statement

St. Peter’s Infant School Governing Body believes that regular, full-time and punctual attendance is of paramount importance so that children benefit fully from their school life and learn the importance of being punctual as part of their preparation for adult life. Valuable learning time is lost when children are absent or late. Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. They also believe that parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend and that the school and parents should work together in order to achieve high standards of attendance and punctuality. The Governors would like children to be in school 100% of the time but have set the attendance target at 96% as a minimum standard to achieve for the academic year.



The law requires us to keep a record of the number and types of absences and our records are checked regularly by the Attendance Advisory Practitioner (AAP). Therefore we ask that you keep the school informed of any absence your child may have, by telephone daily and followed up by a letter when your child returns. If we do not receive these or your reason for absence is not considered to be acceptable, we have to mark your child down as having an unauthorised absence and this could result in a visit from the AAP. Please see our Attendance Leaflet for more information.

Authorisation for leave of absence will only be granted in the most exceptional of circumstances. Should there be reasons other than illness for an absence, please seek permission beforehand in writing.

A copy of our ‘Attendance Policy & Procedures Leaflet’ is available under the 'Policies' section of this website and can also be obtained from the School Office. This details policy, procedures, awards and legislation regarding attendance. All new parents are issued with this booklet when their child starts school.

Record of absences for academic year (2017-2018)

Number of children on roll



Attendance %


% of half day sessions missed               through authorised absence




% of half day sessions missed through unauthorised absence


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