Attendance Policy

Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable students to reach their full potential. The attendance pattern for all students is monitored weekly.

The College is seeking to actively work with parents/guardians to ensure a regular attendance pattern is maintained. We expect all children on the roll to attend every day, when the College is in session as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all we can to encourage the students to attend, and have put in place a range of appropriate procedures to support this. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.

As a College we need parental support in ensuring that students are at school every day.

Poor attendance can seriously affect each student’s:

  • Attainment in school
  • Relationships with other students and the ability to form lasting friendships
  • Confidence to attempt new work and to work alongside others

Each student’s attendance can be summarised as:

Number of days missed – Statement of Attendance

% Days missed Statement of Attendance
100% 0 Excellent attendance. This will help all aspects of your son’s progress and life in school.
95% 9 Very Good attendance. This is a good start and supports a positive work ethic.
90% 18 Average Attendance. Try to build on this.
Below 85% 27 Poor Attendance. This is unacceptable. We will work with you and the E.W.O. to improve your son’s attendance.
  • Please note: The College has a legal obligation to record Attendance each morning. Registration closes at 9.00am. Your son is required to sign the ‘Late Book’ on arrival after 9.00am in order for his attendance to be credited.
  • We record Attendance throughout the day on Lesson Monitor. This is done at the beginning of each lesson. This information is recorded and stored on the school computer system.
  • In every case, early intervention is essential to prevent continuing poor attendance. It is essential that parents / guardians keep the College fully informed of any matters relating to attendance.
  • On the first day of absence- parents /guardians are required to contact the College between 8.30am and 9.00am (on 028 90770011) and on return to the College a written note explaining absence is required.

Illness and Medical Appointments

  • Every effort should be made to arrange routine medical appointments outside school hours.
  • An appointment card or verification by the doctor / dentist / hospital is required.
  • If it is necessary for your son to be out of school for this reason- he should be returned to school directly after the appointment.
  • For any absence, the College requires a written explanation why the student was absent. The College will request this if it is not produced.
  • Medical certificates are required for absences of more than 5 days.
  • If you wish your son to be absent due to exceptional circumstances you must request permission in writing from the College otherwise this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Holidays

No permission will be granted for students to go on holiday during the school term. Any such absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Holidays should only occur during the authorised dates which are stated in the College Calendar.

Your Responsibilities as a Parent/Guardian

By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. As a parent you have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens. Once your son is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure he attends regularly. The school will endeavour to work with parents in the best interest of the child in order to achieve a resolution.

If your son is persistently missing school and is in danger of falling below the 85% Attendance mark, you and your son may be invited to an Attendance Review Meeting where his attendance issues would be discussed in detail with the Attendance Review Panel in the College. You may also be visited by the College Home School Liaison teacher and/or a member of the E.W.O. They will talk to you about your son’s attendance problems.

Home School Liaison Teacher

Mrs Carolyn McWilliams, a fully qualified teacher, is now available to support parents and students in their work with St. Patrick’s College. Carolyn will work to support parents and students in their learning, with their attendance and punctuality and other issues, academic and pastoral, related to their success and enjoyment in school.

Carolyn will arrange to visit students and parents in their home to discuss any relevant issues. Appointments will be arranged at a time which best suits all concerned, including early evening and weekend appointments.

It will also be possible for parents and students to contact Carolyn by phone or e-mail if they wish to avail of his help or support. Michael’s contact details are:

Mrs Carolyn McWilliams
Mobile telephone: 07899014830
Work telephone: 028 90770011
E-mail: cmcwilliams478@c2kni.net

Promoting Excellent Attendance

St. Patrick’s Promotes Excellent Attendance by;

  • Discussion in Form Tutor Period
  • Excellent attendance is addressed and celebrated in Year group and Whole School Assemblies
  • Highlighted at Parents’ Meetings
  • Attendance Certificates and Awards presented at Prize Night
  • 100% Attendance Club
  • Displays on notice boards promoting Excellent Attendance
  • Class / Year Group / Key Stage Awards
  • Good News Cards / Letters of Attendance progress
  • Home School Liaison member of staff with specific responsibilities
  • Designated member of Administration staff with responsibility for Attendance
  • Reward Vouchers
  • Reward activities for end of term celebration of Excellent Attendance
  • Student Punctuality Cards
  • Late Gates
  • Attendance Lottery

Review

This policy will be reviewed according to the schedule for policy review.

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