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Attendance & Punctuality

Dear Parents/Carers,


Attendance & Punctuality


As things slowly get back to some sort of normal, I am asking for your support in helping us to improve whole school attendance and punctuality.


Due to the pandemic the impact on children’s education through lost learning is huge. At a time when so much education has been disrupted it is vital that we make every school minute count. 


The Department for Education Government track school attendance figures. Through their guidance they highlight that the attendance of those children who have 90% or below is described as persistent absence and will need to be closely monitored.  Failure to improve on this 90% can lead to prosecution, which the school want to help families avoid. 


St William of York have a whole school attendance target of 96%. We are currently at 91.9% which is well below our target.


There are things you can do to improve your child’s attendance and avoid falling into the persistent absence category:


  • If your child is unwell and you are unsure whether to send them to school, contact the office to seek advice on 0151 924 7280
  • Avoid taking any holidays during term times
  • Make routine appointments outside of school time. (With the backlog in appointments we understand this may not always be possible at present)
  • Provide letters for medical appointment to prevent unauthorised absence.
  • Keep up to date with what % attendance your child has so that you know if they are at risk of persistent absence (office staff will provide this for you)
  • Speak to school staff with any concerns.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of them being in school and let them know how important you feel it is.


Punctuality is also highly important. Pupils who arrive late to school are not only losing learning but can also disrupt the learning of others as they arrive late for lessons. 


We will be writing to all parents/carers of children who have less than 90% attendance with guidance on what we would expect to see happen in order to help improve attendance. We use a traffic light system with Red being attendance below 90%, Amber 90% to 95.9% and Green 96% and above.

If you would like any help/or advice regarding your child’s attendance then please contact the school office.


Many thanks


Mr M Murphy




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