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St Simon's Catholic Primary School

‘Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God’

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Regular and punctual attendance at school is both a legal requirement and essential for children to maximise their educational opportunities,

In Law, an offence occurs if a parent fails to secure a child's regular attendance at a school where the child is registered.

Headteachers may issue Education Penalty Notices where punctuality or attendance at school is unsatisfactory, usually following a written warning.

Once issued, an Education Penalty Notice must be paid within 42 days.  If it is not, the recipient must be prosecuted under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

Parents must let us know as soon as possible the reason for absences.

If you can, please email school on the first day of your child's absence through illness.  If a phone call is more convenient for you please telephone and leave a message, giving us some idea when you expect your child to return to school.

If no reason is given for not attending school, the absence is recorded as an "unauthorised absence" in the register.

The Education Welfare Officer visits school regularly to monitor pupils' attendance and punctuality and will take steps to ensure that poor attendance and/or poor punctuality improves.