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The attendance target for our school set by the local authority is 97%.

We work very hard at St Gregory’s to ensure that all pupils in our care attend school as often as they possibly can. We reward children who have excellent attendance with a trip or visit at the end of each half term.

If your son or daughter is absent from school, you must telephone to let us know why. We also text parents and carers when children are not in school to make sure they are safe. This is part of our attendance policy.

When your son or daughter is absent due to illness, even if you have telephoned or replied to one of our texts, you still need to send a note in with them on their first day back. This is part of our attendance policy and shows that our parents/carers understand the importance of their children being in school. If parents/carers do not send a note in then we automatically record the absence as UNAUTHORISED.

Our school Learning Mentors work closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential.

By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) must receive a suitable full-time education.
Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence.

We monitor the attendance of every child in our school and work closely with the Local Authority in monitoring our whole school attendance. We will work and support those children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.

It is very important that you contact school to let us know that you child is ill. Our school number is 498 4313. Look at our ‘Parent Attendance Leaflet’ for further guidance on booking appointments during school time etc.

90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school career

Our school’s target for this school year is 97%

Together we can achieve it!

A - Z for Good Attendance



An A-Z of School Attendance : A Guide for Parents/Carers


A             Appointments Nearly all surgeries are open late and at weekends.  Try to arrange appointments after school.

B             Being Bullied? – Don’t keep your child off school.  There are many people that are trained and want to help.  Check out for more information.

C             Casual Absence – This means children are being kept off school when they don’t need to be.  For example, to go shopping for birthday treats or pretend sickness.

D             Dinner Money – Prepare this on Sunday evenings.  It will save time the following morning.

E             Encourage – Encourage your child to take part in out schools hours activities such as breakfast clubs.  It allows them to experience new activities and meet new friends.

F              Friendships – Friendships at school can stay with your child for the rest of the life.  Days off school make it harder for your child to fit back into friendship groups.

G             Good Attendance – This is the secret to your child’s success.  Good attendance is anything above 95%.

H             Happy Times – Schooldays can be the best time of your child’s life.  Don’t let them miss out.

I               INSET Days – These are teacher training days.  Your child is not at school these days so please find out when they are.  Be aware that different schools have different INSET days so don’t assume these will be the same for children at different schools.

J              Jump for Joy! – Celebrate your child’s attendance achievements when they are rewarded for good attendance at school.

K             Keep Fit – A healthy lifestyle means a healthy mind.  A nutritious breakfast will give your child the energy they need for the rest of the day.  Drinking plenty of water helps concentration too!

L              Lateness – Being late disrupts teaching plans and worries your child’s friends.  But if you are genuinely late please don’t keep your child off for the rest of the day.  Being in late and in school is better than being absent and missing out!

M             Missed Minutes – As little as 15 minutes late every day is equal to two weeks of lost learning per year!

N             New Starters – It is important to get children into good patterns of attendance from an early age so these can be carried through into later life.

O             Opportunities – It’s not all maths.  English and science.  School is about learning how to be good citizens and treating others with respect.  Children can also be part of many trips, clubs, groups and teams.

P             Praise – Always look for the ‘positives’ in testing situations rather than ‘negatives’.  Have a system at home to reward and praise good behaviour.

Q             Question – Ask your child about rewards they may receive from Every Lesson Counts for good school attendance.

R             Ring in! – Ring school as soon as you know your child is going to be absent or late.  It stops teachers and friends worrying.

S             Success – Doing well in school is great and lays the foundation for your child’s life opportunities.

T              Term Time Holidays – Children are out of school 175 days of the year so there are plenty of days to take holidays.  Holidays taken during term time can cause your child to fall behind with work so therefore may not be authorised by your child’s school.

U             Unauthorised Absence – This means that the school won’t endorse the time your child has been away from school.  For example significant lateness, holidays taken during term time or absences with no explanation.

V             Volunteer – Volunteer your help to nearby parents should they be struggling to get their child into school on time.

W            Website Check out for useful information on all aspects of attendance.

X             XXX – Show your child love and encouragement by asking them about their school day.

Y             You – You are legally responsible for ensuring your child attends school.  Your child will thank you one day for encouraging them to attend and achieve good results

Z              Zzz – Early bedtimes make for early mornings and a better start to the schoo


Montreal Road, Netherley, Liverpool, Merseyside, L27 7AG. Tel: 0151 498 4313