St Monica Vision

At St Monica Primary School regular school attendance is recognised as key to good student outcomes. The links between regular attendance, reaching potential attainment and future life opportunities are well researched. For this reason the school will encourage good attendance and be robust in monitoring attendance and take action when attendance fails.

Meet the Team behind the Vision

‘Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in pupils achieving their full potential. At St Monica Primary School we are committed to providing a full and efficient education to all and to encourage our students to strive for excellence. By getting your child to school on time, every day you help build your child’s future success’.

Mrs K Hunter– Attendance and Welfare Officer

Mrs K Bevan-Mackie – Attendance Lead

Mrs N Coutts – Attendance Governor


If your child cannot attend school, parents are required to contact the school and leave a message on the school absence line by 9.00am. We require you to call every day of your child’s absence. If we do not receive a reason for your child’s absence then we will try and contact you to find out why your child is not in school. Should we be unable to contact you our Attendance and Welfare Officer or our Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) may carry out a home visit.  We may also do a home visit if your child has been absent for more than three days.

Wherever possible, we would ask that medical appointments be made outside of the school day, although we understand that this is not always possible. If you child does need to attend a medical appointment, ie dentist, doctors, hospital etc, you may be asked to provide evidence of this appointment. This can be in the form of a compliment slip from the surgery/other, giving your child’s name and date of appointment, bearing an official signature and stamp.

Healthier together – Should your child be in school today?

The NHS have published some excellent guidance :- Healthier Together – should your child go to school today

Holidays in Term Time

A reminder that we are unable to authorise holiday during term time. Leave of absence applications are intended for families where there is an exceptional circumstance that requires a child to be away from school. If you do feel that you have an exceptional reason for requesting leave of absence, please complete a leave of absence form, available from the school office.

Holiday taken during term-time has an impact on your child’s learning and attainment. In line with Government advice, if children are taken out of school without the Headteacher’s authorisation, a penalty notice may be issued.

Leave of Absence Form

How do we monitor attendance?

Although we do not expect any parent/carer to bring their child to school unwell, we have a duty of care to monitor attendance. We are seeking your full support to ensure that your child attends school on time, every day. Regular attendance is not just a legal requirement but it is vital for pupils to maximise their learning and achieve their full potential. So how do we categorize attendance?

Group 1: No Concern – Green Group

The child attends for 97% – 100% of the time. Diamond2

Group 2: Concern – Yellow Group

The child attends for 95% – 96.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement – Amber Group

The child attends for 93% – 94.9% of the time.

Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement – Pink Group

The child attends for 90% – 92.9% of the time.

Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement  –  Red Group

The child attends for 0% – 89.9% of the time.

Our full attendance policy is available in the policies section of our website