The links between attendance and achievement are strong and high levels of attendance at school should be a right of each pupil.

Aim – St Joseph’s will encourage good attendance for all pupils by offering an environment in which pupils feel valued and part of the school community.
We encourage all our pupils to be punctual and to strive for 100% attendance.  We  celebrate attendance and punctuality weekly across the school through a number of initiatives.  At the end of each term all pupils who achieve 100% attendance and punctuality receive a certificate and prizes are awarded.
We work in partnership with the Education Welfare Service and other support agencies as appropriate to ensure regular attendance at school. Attendance is closely monitored at both individual pupil and whole school level, and will analyse patterns and trends of non attendance to inform future action planning and target setting in respect of whole school attendance matters.     
If your child’s attendance drops below 92% this will trigger a first letter of concern. Our school attendance officer will contact and meet with parents to identify any issues and offer support.
The education (pupil registration) (England) Amendment Regulations 2013 state that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. it is for headteachers to determine if the request is exceptional. Legislation requires that each case is judged on a case by case basis.
Please inform the office on the first day of absence, if you do not let the school know why your child is absent we will text or telephone you to find out why your child is not in school.
Lateness
Being on time shows a pupil is ready and willing to work, helps to form good habits and helps to develop a sense of responsibility. Being late disrupts lessons and may mean that your child misses important instructions and work.
Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day during an entire year is the same as missing two whole weeks of school? Children should arrive in school from 8:45am and no later than 9:00am.​

Whole school priorities for Attendance 2018-19