Attendance at Holy Souls
Attendance is one of our main priorities at Holy Souls and we aim to keep all absences to a minimum. There is a strong link between attendance and academic progress. The impact on regular attendance affects on your child’s learning and well-being; and is linked to raising achievement and develops skills for life and work.
It is a parents’ duty to ensure that their child arrives on time and attends school every day.
Holy Souls are proud of the positive relationships we have with our parents and carers and know that strong partnerships are the most effective ways to help ensure good attendance. We monitor attendance on a weekly basis, and communicate to parents/carers promptly if there are any concerns.
When a pupil’s attendance becomes a concern parents/carers are informed via letter. We do strive for every pupil to have an attendance of 95%. All pupils that fall below 90% are looked at individually, and letters sent out according to the reason why the pupil has been absent. This could be for a number of reasons, always late to school after registration has closed, a number of illnesses over a short period of time etc.
School will monitor attendance and where necessary refer to and work with parents/carers to tackle persistent absence.
If contact cannot be made to ascertain why the pupil is not in school, then a home visit will be considered, especially if there are already safeguarding concerns.
We have a dedicated attendance board outside the main entrance to school, which will show every half-term the percentage of attendance in each class.
There will be class rewards to the class with the highest percentage that half-term.
If a child's absence is 10% or higher (19 days absence, 38 sessions) this is classed as by the Government as a Persistent Absenteeism. Children who do not attend school regularly and have many days absence, generally do not do as well as their peers.
Holy Souls ‘Bee’ Rules
Bee on time each day for school
Bee in school every day
Bee smart in your school uniform
Bee kind to one another
Bee ready to learn