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The St Nic's family working together to improve attendance...

Welcome to our information page about attendance at St Nicholas. We hope you find our webpage useful.  If you need any further information about attendance, please contact our Attendance Lead - Mrs Slack by emailing attendance3146@welearn365.com

The Importance of school attendance -

At St Nicholas C of E Primary School, we strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted, valued and secure and excited to be part of the St Nic’s family.  Attending school means that children can make friends, develop their social skills and be able to work with others.  We expect our school community to support and promote excellent school attendance by acting as role models.  

It is recognised that attending school regularly can be a protective factor for children, young people and their families. For the most vulnerable pupils, regular attendance is also an important protective factor and the best opportunity for needs to be identified and support provided. Our Attendance Policy therefore reflects the need to ensure all of our children and their families are safe by putting in the processes and systems stated in this policy to enable us to do this.  You can find our full attendance policy by clicking on the link opposite.

Our aims to work together to improve attendance -

It is our attendance vision to see  –

 “The St Nic’s Family working together to improve attendance”

As a school, we aim to support pupils and their families who need to improve their attendance by fostering positive relationships and working together in partnership.  It is our aim is to be proactive, supportive, understanding, to listen and to work with parents and children to understand the barriers to attendance and work collaboratively to resolve those barriers.

We aim to:

  • Support pupil’s achievement by establishing the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality.
  • Ensure every pupil is safeguarded and their right to education is protected.
  • Recognise the key role of our school community in promoting good attendance.
  • Provide a clear framework for monitoring and responding to pupil absences.
  • Inform parents/carers aware of the processes for reporting absences and for supporting attendance that is a concern or serious concern.
  • Inform parents/carers of their legal responsibilities and ensure their children have access to the education to which they are entitled.
  • To realise our expectation of our annual whole school target of 96% attendance.


Procedure for reporting absence - 

It is our aim to improve attendance and to offer support to our families that need it. Therefore, we closely monitor all absence and the reasons that are given, thoroughly. It is therefore important that all absences are reported and reasons are provided using the following ways:


Study Bugs – sending a message via the Study Bugs app

Phone – telephoning the school office on 01926 853257

If a child is absent from school, parents must follow these procedures:

  • Contact the school on the first day of absence by 9.30am.
  • Contact the school on every further day of absence, again before 9.30am and inform us when they are expected to return.
  • Ensure that your child returns to school as soon as possible and you provide any medical evidence, if requested, to support the absence. 

Timings –

Gates open and children start to come in – 8:40am to 8:50am (registers are open for the morning session)

Gate closes – 8:50am and children should be in class no later than 8:55am

Morning Register taken by staff up to – 9:00am

Register closed – 9:00am

Afternoon register closed by staff – 1:10pm

The Study bugs app is free to download from the link on our school website, or from the App Store or Google Play. You can also access Study Bugs directly from our website on the homepage. 


Please follow the link below for help in deciding if your child is too ill to attend school.


Punctuality - 

Arriving late at school can often be upsetting for a child and disrupts the morning routine for the class. Our school day begins at 8.50. Children arriving after 8.50 should be brought to the main entrance to the office to be signed in.

Roles & Responsibilities -

At St Nicholas, we believe that school attendance matters to everyone and that it is a shared responsibility by governors, all school staff, parents & children. In the DFE Statutory Guidance ‘Working together to improve attendance,' it states "Improving attendance is everyone's business. The barriers to accessing education are wide and complex, both within and beyond the school gates, and are often specific to individual pupils and families.” Below we share the roles and responsibilities of our school community.

Specific attendance roles at our school are shown below –

Name Role Contact
Mrs S Rayson Headteacher admin3146@welearn365.com
Mrs E Slack Assistant Head & Attendance Lead attendance3146@welearn365.com
Mrs A Beard Admin for Attendance attendance3146@welearn365.com
TBC Governor for Attendance

Please see below the responsibilities of our school community around attendance:



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