Good Attendance is essential if pupils are to take full advantage of school and gain the appropriate skills, which will equip them for life.

The school aims to achieve good attendance by operating an attendance policy within which staff, pupils, parents, local community and Education Welfare Support can work in partnership. The school will monitor attendance and ensure quick and early intervention of a problem if identified.

All staff will encourage good attendance and liaise with home and other agencies when this is appropriate.

Good attendance will be seen as an achievement in its own right and recognised as such by school.

The attendance policy is based on the premise of equal rights for all.

Aims of the policy

  1. To improve the quality of school life.
  2. To create a culture in which good attendance is the norm.
  3. To demonstrate to pupils, parents and staff that the school values good attendance.
  4. To recognise that good regular attendance is an achievement.
  5. To be consistent in implementation, both in terms of rewards and sanctions.
  6. To value the individual.

Objectives of the Policy

  1. Improved communication with parents, in relation to regular attendance.
  2. All school staff to be involved in taking responsibility for encouraging regular attendance.
  3. Effective working relationship with EWO

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Identified person/s to take responsibility to provide attendance information. This is the DSL and Attendance Officer reporting back to Senior Leadership Team to enable them to be kept informed of progress and involved with decision making.
  2. The DSL and Attendance Officer and EWO to establish clear allocation of tasks and responsibilities in terms of referral and action planning.
  3. All personnel in school to have a commitment to consistency and continuity.


  1. To have an effective means of collecting, collating and monitoring attendance information.
  2. To ensure that such data is accessible and used effectively by school managers and all staff in conjunction with the EWO.
  3. To keep parents, pupils and governors informed of policy and practice.


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