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Attendance and Term Dates

It is important that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time at the start of the school day. Good attendance and punctuality at school will help your child achieve in the classroom and help them learn the importance of not being late.


Attendance and punctuality is taken very seriously at St Barnabas and St Philip's and is monitored closely by the school’s Leadership Team and LAC. Trends in lateness and absence will be quickly identified and appropriate action taken. An Educational Welfare Officer may become involved if there are ongoing concerns about your child’s attendance and punctuality at school.



We consider good attendance to be essential. Children are expected to attend school every day throughout the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence.

Full attendance is vital for every child’s educational progress.

The school regards absences as a very serious concern and there is an overwhelming connection between those pupils who are frequently absent and those who go on to underachieve in their future.

We understand that children have minor illnesses and at times are too sick to attend school.

When your child is absent, please ring the school office on the first day of absence by 8.30am.


Please can you ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Any child arriving later than 9.00am will be recorded as having arrived at school late.

Leave of Absence During Term Time

Please check school holiday dates below.

Parents are strongly urged to avoid taking leave during term time. No requests for holidays will be authorised during term time.

In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to request leave of absence.

All such cases should be applied for in writing on the schools Application for Leave of Absence During Term Timeform.

Parents should request leave of absence in advance and all requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence using the form.