Regular school attendance is extremely important to us at St Paul’s. We want all of our pupils to experience all of the rich learning experiences that are being planned for them daily and to learn the discipline of arriving at school on time, prepared with all items needed for the day ahead. Regular absences or an absence for a long period of time, impacts on pupils’ progress and causes disruption for their class and the staff planning their daily activities. We monitor attendance closely and will always follow up any concerns around attendance to ensure that these are resolved as quickly as possible. Where a pupil has irregular attendance, the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) may become involved to monitor the situation further.
If pupils are unwell, we ask that their parents call the office before 9am to inform us that they will not be attending school so that we can mark their absence accurately in the register.
100% attendance is recognised with a local attendance ceremony, which is held at a local secondary school. Awards are presented by the Mayor of Kingston to pupils from across the South of Kingston who have all attended school on every day of the previous school year.
Whole School Attendance Information: 2017 - 2018 = 96.7%
2018 - 2019 = 96.7%
Pupils are expected to arrive at school by 8:50am. Pupils who are late must enter school via the school office and their parents must sign in the late book. Lateness is also regularly monitored and concerns will also be followed up in order to ensure that these are resolved as quickly as possible. Where a pupil is regularly late, the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) may become involved to monitor the situation further.
Parents are required to complete a ‘request for absence’ form (see link below) for any planned absence during term time. As a school, our general rule is that no family holidays will be authorised in term time. We ask that parents complete the form and we will let you know the outcome – whether the absence will be authorised or unauthorised. On some occasions, the Headteacher may ask parents to attend a meeting to discuss the absence.
Days of Religious Observance
Section 199 of the Education Act 1993 provides that an offence is not committed where the absence of a pupil of compulsory school age results from participation in a day set aside exclusively for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Such absences are classified as authorised absence. Parents should notify the school in advance of such an absence.