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School Attendance Matters!

For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential! 

Our attendance policy can be found here

We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school successful. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.

It is our duty to consistently strive to achieve a goal of 100% attendance for all children. Every opportunity will be used to convey to pupils and their parents or carers the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

For our children to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered it is vital they are at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. The routines children develop around attendance and punctuality at school are the same as the expectations of any future employer in the world of work. High attainment, confidence with peers and staff and future aspirations depend on good attendance.

Good attendance is important because:

  • Statistics show a direct link between achievement and attendance
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training


If your child is unwell and unable to attend school parents are required to contact the school by 9.30am each day. You can telephone the school on 023 80444447 or email

We require you to call every day of your child's absence unless previously agreed with the school. If we do not receive a reason for your child's absence we will try and contact you to find out why your child is not in school. Should we be unable to contact you our Education Welfare Officer may carry out a home visit.  

Medical Appointments

Wherever possible we would ask that medical appointments are made outside of the school day or during the school holidays, although we understand this is not always possible. If your child does need to attend a medical appointment you will be asked to provide evidence of this appointment. This could be in the form of a letter or an appointment card.

Leave of Absence

 The school is not able to authorise any leave of absence due to holidays and if your child is taken out of school without authorisation a penalty notice may be issued.