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Late/Absence Procedures

At St. Joseph's we strive to achieve the highest attendance possible, as there is a direct link between attendance and attainment . Absence from school interrupts teaching and learning, and affects children's progress and wellbeing.

New legislation states that, head teachers may only grant a leave of absence in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Therefore requests for holidays in term time will not be granted, and from Easter 2019 a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued if holiday or other unauthorised leave is taken during term time, with a penalty of £60.


Class registers are taken at 8.55am each morning and are closed at 9.15am  If a child arrives after 8.55am but before 9.15am they will receive a late mark in the register.  If a child arrives after 9.15am without a valid reason they will receive an unauthorised absence mark for the morning sessions.


Parents are asked to notify the school office of their child's absence by 9.00am.