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Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. St John’s RC Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities to ensure pupils are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.

The 2019-20 prizes for excellent attendance are on display in our school hall! Every week the children receive a token if they have been in school every day that week. This goes into our prize draw and at the end of the year, three tokens will be picked in our final assembly. The children will win an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar or a ukulele! 

Last year two tokens were picked from the prize draw and two children won mountain bikes!


Parents/Carers are responsible for:

ï‚· Ensuring that their child attends school regularly and punctually unless prevented from doing so by illness or attendance at a medical appointment.

ï‚· Contacting the school office on the first morning of absence.

ï‚· Informing the school in advance of any medical appointments in school time. For the absence to be recorded as a medical absence we do require evidence from the doctor or dentist. (Appointment card/letter)

ï‚· Making requests for authorised absence in term time, only if absolutely necessary as these are not automatically authorised.

ï‚· Talking to the school as soon as possible about any child’s reluctance to come to school so that problems can be quickly identified and dealt with.


Following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a penalty notice for unauthorised leave, the Education Welfare Service in Rochdale will now also be issuing penalty notice for unauthorised leave in term time. The parents of any child missing ten sessions (five school days) due to unauthorised leave (for example, family holidays) in term time will be issued with a penalty notice.

Attendance for week ending 2 February was 96%.



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