At St Patrick's we are committed to keeping attendance and punctuality at a high level. Parents have an important role to play in ensuring their children attend and are on time each day.
It is the parents' legal obligation to ensure their child is here for registration on time.
Every day counts
For 2015-2016 the Governors set an ambitious attendance target of 97%. We are delighted to report that thanks to all the pupils and their parents/carers we achieved this target. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
We achieved 96.6% attendance from September 2014 to July 2015, an increase of 0.4% from the 2013-14 academic year.
Can we do better this year?
Yes we can!
|Above 97%||Excellent attendance! Pupils should reach their full potential and achieve the best results that they can.|
|95%||Pupils with this attendance are likely to achieve their target and are working towards even better attendance.|
|90%||Pupils with this attendance are missing approximately a month (20 days) of school per year. They may fall behind in their learning and it will be difficult for them to achieve their best.|
|85%||These pupils are missing 6 weeks of school. It will be very difficult for them to keep up and achieve their full potential.|
Pupils are missing a day a week over the school year and will find it almost impossible to keep up with their work.
Our School Day
The school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3:20pm.
Early morning work is from 8.30am to 8.40am.
Pupils in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two have their morning break from 10.10-10.25am.
Reception pupils have break times which are quite flexible on their playground.
Reception pupils - 11.30am - 12.30pm
Year 1 - 11.40am - 12.40pm
Year 2 - Year 6 - 11.50am -12.50pm
Younger children have an afternoon playtime.
Drop-Off and collection
At the beginning and end of the school day, parents/carers are encouraged into the playground.
This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school - we want to have good links with all parents. If normal arrangements have to be altered (E.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. A 'Nominated adult' collection system operates for the end of school arrangements.
Getting to school
To get to and from school, walking to school is definitely the best option!
There are lots of benefits:
Alternatively, we have bikes-racks. If you do need to travel by car, please park wisely.
New Legislation regarding Penalty Notices (for school absence)
The Aquinas Catholic Academy Trust
As from September 2015 the Academy introduced Penalty Notices in accordance with the Code of Practice and the Education (Penalty Notices) Regulations 2007 to parents/carers whose child(ren) is/are either truanting from school, absent from school due to a holiday or the student is found to be in a public place during the first five days of exclusion. Any request for a Penalty Notice to be issued will go through the Local Authority and any money received through the issuing of the Penalty Notice will go the Local Authority and not the Academy.
From November 2017, there has been a change to local and national government legislation with regards to schools initiating Penalty Notices. The change means that Penalty Notices can be requested from the local authority for any unauthorised student absence in term time after 3 days (6 sessions), within a 6 week rolling period.
The penalty is £120 per child per parent if paid within 28 days, this reduces to £60 per child per parent if paid within the first 21 days. There is no right of appeal by parents against a penalty notice. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period the local authority must decide either to prosecute for the original offence to which the notice applies or withdraw the notice. This could lead to a fine of up to £1000 per parent per child.