Attendance & Punctuality

At St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School, we recognise that regular attendance at school is essential to raising standards and attainment, and to ensure children reach their full potential. Not only does regular attendance establish positive life habits necessary for future success, it also encourages your child to build friendships and develop social groups, working together as a whole team, sharing ideas and developing life and social skills.

The importance of attendance and punctuality is underpinned by an awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important to see our children every day and provide an educationally safe and secure environment.

All children of compulsory school age (5-16) should receive suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. If a child is registered at school, parents have the legal responsibility for ensuring that their child attends regularly. They should also ensure that they are fully aware of the school’s attendance policy and adhere to it.

To gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that all pupils attend regularly and on time. Pupils should attend every day that the school is open. We set a target for all pupils to aim for 100% attendance with the expectation all pupils achieve at least 97%. As a school we define regular attendance as 97% or above.

St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School believes teachers, parents, carers, pupils and all members of its school community have an important contribution in improving attendance and punctuality ensuring students attend to achieve.


Attendance Policy 2023-24