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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Attendance Matters!

Attendance! And Punctuality!


Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child improve academically, develop healthy life habits, make strong friendship groups, develop good social skills and have a better chance of making the very best of their talents.

When pupils are absent for fewer days, their academic performance will often improve. Pupils who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community and are significantly more likely to be confident in themselves, setting them up for a strong future.


But when pupils are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect pupils as early as Nursery.

For example, young foundation age children who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and can fall behind, especially in reading.


As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance and punctuality a priority. By working with school to secure excellent, even 100%, attendance you can help set your child on the path to success.