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Attendance Certificates are awarded each half term.

HALF TERMLY AWARDS:  attendance certificates and a chocolate prize are awarded at the end of each half term during the attendance and merit assembly for the following attendance and punctuality:


  • GOLD - 100% attendance and 1 late only
  • SILVER - 1 session absence and 1 late only
  • BRONZE - 2 sessions absence and 1 late only 


TERMLY AWARDS: In addition to the above, termly star badges are awarded:

  • GOLD star - 100% attendance in a term with no more than 2 lates in total
  • SILVER star -1 session absence in a term with no more than 2 lates in total
  • BRONZE star -2 session absence in a term with no more than 2 lates  in total 


* Lates must be before 9:15 am.  After 9:15 am is marked as an absence.


Pupils in this category have excellent attendance


Above 97% Less than 6 days absence a year, Excellent Attendance! These pupils will almost certainly get the best grades they can, leading to better prospects for the future.  Pupils will also get into a habit of attending school which will help in the future.



Pupils in this category have good attendance


96% 10 days absence in a year.  These pupils are likely to achieve good grades and form a habit of attending school regularly.



Pupils in this category have a school attendance that needs to improve


We will contact parents of children with attendance at 92% 



90% and below

Pupils in this category have poor attendance


  • EWO will make a home visit to children with attendance at 90% 
  • Requested to provide medical/ appointment evidence for any absences 
  • Parents will be invited to a school attendance support meeting - an attendance support plan will be put in place
  • Parents will be asked to attend LA  attendance meeting 


90% 19 days absence a year. The Government classes young people in this group as ‘Persistent Absentees’ and it will be almost impossible to keep up with work with this level of absence.


Regular and punctual school attendance is important.  Attendance has a proven impact on attainment.

Children  need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law.


St. John’s CE Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore, having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours. Attendance and punctuality are life skills and we strive to support our children to maintain good levels of attendance.


The Government expects us to:


  • Promote good attendance
  • Address and reduce absence, including persistent absence (less than 90%);
  • Ensure every pupil has access to a suitable education, to which they are entitled; and, act early to address patterns of absence.


96% attendance is the MINIMUM expectation for attendance. 




  • Persistent absence refers to pupils who miss 10% or more of school - 90% attendance or less
  • Severe absence refers to pupils who miss 50% or more of school. This is a new term introduced in Department for Education (DfE) guidance in Septemebr 2022. 


Attendance during

one school year


Equals this

number of days



which is

approximately this

many weeks


Number of lessons




9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons


19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons


29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons


38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons


Poor punctuality can lead to your child:


  • Feel embarrassed in front of their friends.
  • Missing the beginning of vital lessons.
  • Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day.
  • Missing essential learning, leading to gaps in your child's understanding, knowledge and skills that make their new learning more difficult to understand and grasp
  • Finding it  hard to catch up, even with additional interventions
  • To learning bad habits which could affect their employability in the future.



Minutes late per day during the school year

Equal days’ worth of teaching lost in a year

5 minutes

3.4 days

10 minutes

6.9 days

15 minutes

10.3 days

20 minutes

13.8 days

30 minutes

20.7 days



Click the link below to access the school's attendance policy on the school website: