The expectation at Sacred Heart:

Attendance should be 100% for every child

The Government target is 97%

(Unless medical conditions or exceptional circumstances prevent this)



Attendance Policy

Attendance Leaflet

Frequently asked questions

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery is determined to achieve excellent attendance. As a parent or carer, you have an important part to play. Your children have a right to a good education and you have a legal responsibility to ensure that they go to school on time, all the time.

Parents will receive regular updates on attendance from school and the Headteacher and all the staff monitor attendance daily, weekly, half termly and termly. This will be through traffic light systems such as;

Green 97%-100%

Amber – 96.9%-94%

Red – Below 94%

Children are rewarded in school for excellent attendance and they are very clear about why excellent attendance is important.

At the end of each week the class with the best attendance will receive 100 ‘paw’ cent and are presented this in weekly assemblies.


We are always happy to help parents improve attendance and punctuality. We regularly use our school minibus or offer help through paying for breakfast club to support parents arriving to school on time. If you would like any support getting your child into school please contact;

Mrs McCallum, Headteacher

Miss Hanford, Attendance Officer

Mrs Donnelly, Admin Assistant



Schools are legally required to take a register of pupils first thing in the morning and at some point in the afternoon.

If a pupil is late but the register is still open they are marked as late. If the register has already closed when a pupil arrives late and without a satisfactory explanation, it will be classed as late after the register has closed which will count as an absence. Our registers close at 9:30am.

Continual punctuality is important because if, for example, a child arrives 15 minutes late at school each day, they lose almost 2 weeks of education a year! Absence due to lateness (after 9:30am) will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.