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Attendance Certificates are awarded each half term.

Half-termly attendance certificates 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 no lates
  • SILVER - 1 session absence and no lates 
  • BRONZE - 2 sessions absence and no lates 

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 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.


The average national attendance for primary schools is 96% - this is the MINIMUM expectation for attendance expected by the government and Ofsted. 


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:


  • Feeling embarrassed in front of their friends.
  • Missing the beginning of vital lessons.
  • Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day.
  • 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