St Paul's Catholic School - Spencefield Lane - Evington - Leicester - 0116 241 4057 - office@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk

Attendance

Attendance at St Paul’s The Education Act 1996 Section 7 states: “The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall receive efficient full time education suitable to: a) his age, ability and aptitude; b) any educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.” Regular attendance for all students on our roll is essential if they are to succeed and fulfil their potential. Your child’s Form Tutor or Progress Leader will follow up unexplained or concerning levels of absence.

Do you realise how many days you have had off this year?

 Approximate days absent since September

 Attendance Rate

 By end of Autumn Term
 By end of Spring Term
 By end of Summer Term
100%
0
0
0
95%
4
7
10
90%
7
13
20
85%
11
19
30
80%
14
27
40

Please contact your child’s Form Tutor or Progress Leader if you wish to discuss attendance and send a note into school or phone reception to authorise absences.

PROGRESS LEADERS 2018-2019

Year 7 – Mrs J Chavda (e-mail)

Year 8 – Miss L Boyle(e-mail)

Year 9 – Mr D Byrne (e-mail)

Year 10 – Mrs Z Walsh (e-mail)

Year 11 – Mrs J Grundy (e-mail)

Year 12/13 – Mr N Cockcroft /Mrs C Magulike (e-mail)

Being on Time

Students should arrive at school by 8.45am.

For whatever reason, if a student is late and misses registration, as soon as they arrive in school they must go to the school office to sign the late sheet. It is essential that we know who is in school in case of emergency.

Any student that is late will be handed a red slip to attend an after school detention the next day. The slip will detail where they will attend the detention. The detention will run from 3.10pm – 4.00pm and parents will be informed on the day that the student is late.

Persistent lateness will incur further sanctions.

If a student is late because of a medical appointment, evidence of the appointment will be needed. A dated appointment card will suffice.

Any students who are not in school by 9.30am when registers close and we have not been informed of the reason, will receive a text home from the Attendance Officer.

What do I do if my child is unwell and cannot attend school?

At St Paul’s we take the attendance of your child at school very seriously. However, in the case of genuine illness, please telephone the school office on 0116 2414057, Option 1 ‘Absences’, before 9am. If your child is ill for more than one day, it is important that you ring school each morning that they will not be in.

Alternatively you may use the School App – available to download from the App Store entitled ‘St Paul’s Catholic School’ – where you can report your child’s absence by completing the form. You will receive an acknowledgement of your child’s absence

Leave of Absence

Schools can no longer authorise leave of absence unless an application has been made in advance by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If you wish to make a request for leave of absence, please send a letter to Mrs M Gillespie, Headteacher, and a decision will be provided to you in writing.

Where there is unauthorised absence, Penalty Notices will be issued. The law with regard to Penalty Notices is also changing as follows: The periods during which a Penalty Notice should be paid are shortening. For unauthorised absence that occurs wholly from 1 September 2013 onwards, the amount of the penalty to be paid will be: £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice/£120 per parent per child if paid within 28 days. Where a Penalty Notice remains unpaid, legal action will be pursued by the Local Authority.