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In law every parent of a child of compulsory school age has a duty to ensure that their child attends full-time education (section 7 of the Education Act 1996). Parents of a registered pupil whose child fails to attend school regularly are committing an offence under section 444(1) Education Act 1996. In April 2017, the Supreme Court held that attending school "regularly" means attendance in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school and not "sufficiently frequent attendance". This means that a child must attend school on every day that the school requires him or her to do so and failure to do this may lead to the commission of an offence.
At St John the Baptist we are committed to meeting our obligation with regards to school attendance through our whole-school culture and ethos that values good attendance, including:
For more details please read our Attendance Policy
ATTENDANCE GRADES AT ST JOHN’S
96% - 97%
94% - 95%
SATISFACTORY – at risk
Cause for concern – PLACED ON ATTENDANCE REGISTER
90% or Below
IF YOUR CHILD’S ATTENDANCE IS 90% OR BELOW AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THIS IS CLASSED AS PERSISTENT ABSENCE BY THE GOVERNMENT EVEN IF THE ABSENCES ARE DUE TO ILLNESS.