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Attendance at St Gerard's

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary & Nursery School is committed to raising the achievement of our children.  Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them. Attendance and punctuality are important to allow children to achieve their full potential during their time at school.

As a school we consider attendance to be extremely important and would like the continued support of our parents in ensuring their child attends regularly and on time.


Punctuality and Unauthorised Absence

Pupils who are late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others who have arrived at school on time for registration.

School begins at 8.50am and all children are expected to be in school ready to start their school day. Children arriving after 9.15am will be marked late, any children arriving after 9.30am will be marked late after registration closes – this is regarded as an unauthorised absence.


Daily Procedures

If we do not receive an explanation for a child absence then we will telephone you!

Every morning after 9.30am when the registers are closed, they are checked by the Link Officer, who telephones parents/carers if they have not informed school about their child (ren) absence. A detailed record is kept in the school office of any phone calls made. If we do not receive an answer or we have left a message and there is still no response this will be and un-authorised absence.


Medical Evidence

Children’s absence that is below 96% parents will be asked to provide medical evidence in order for the absence to be authorised. Examples of Medical Evidence is a letter from your doctor to say that your child (ren) have attended an appointment, the label off a bottle of medicine that has been given by a doctor but this must clearly state the name of the child (ren) and a valid date. 


Our Aims

  • To maximise the attendance of pupils.
  • To provide an environment which encourages regular attendance and makes attendance and punctuality a priority for those associated with the school.
  • Monitor and support children whose attendance is a cause for concern and work in partnership with parents and carers to resolve any difficulties.
  • Analyse attendance data regularly for future policy and practise.
  • Work closely and make full use of the support from the wider community this includes the Education Welfare Service and multi-agency teams.



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St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Lugsdale Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6DD

Business Manager: Miss A Fletcher

0151 424 2879

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