We are delighted to have outstanding attendance data for all year groups.
School attendance is compulsory for all pupils of statutory school age. If your child is absent from school please email the school office to let us know the reason for their absence. We work with many families to support their child’s attendance at school, if you are anxious about any issues around attendance we will be happy to work with you to support your child’s school attendance.
Our school has historically high attendance figures and these are testament to our engaging curriculum, which encourages pupils to come to school every single day, as well as the strong pastoral support we provide for pupils with particular medical needs through our highly professional and competent medical team. We are particularly proud of our attendance figures for Reception pupils – which shows an excitement in coming to school from the very first year. Our figures for persistent absentees (pupils classed by the Department for Education as those absent for 10% or more of their own possible sessions) have increased since the covid pandemic and we have a range of strategies to work with individual pupils and their parents to support improved attendance.
In July 2023, five Year 6 pupils were presented with outstanding achievement awards for 100% (or over 99%) attendance for their entire primary education from Reception to Year 6. Despite the global pandemic these children were back at school as soon as we re-opened and some of them had not had one day off or one late mark in their seven years at Christ the Saviour- quite an achievement!
Pupils who achieve 100% attendance at the end of each term are awarded badges which may be worn on blazers or jumpers. An exceptional attendance award for 100% attendance for the entire academic year is celebrated at our end of year prize giving service.
Exceptional Leave of Absence During Term Time
Holidays during term time are not permitted. There are 175 days per year when pupils are scheduled holidays for such purposes.
Exceptional leave will be considered by the headteacher for absence which genuinely demonstrates exceptional circumstances (such as a bereavement). The school’s pro-forma must be used for exceptional leave or via an email to the admin team: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governing Body permits the headteacher to authorise an exceptional absence, at her discretion, if the following conditions are met:
there is at least 97% attendance in the current and previous academic year
the request represents a genuinely exceptional circumstance, and is a one-off request
any previous leave and historic attendance figures are taken into consideration
leave is almost never permitted in the week before or after a holiday such as half term or Christmas
the headteacher may not authorise requests where the reasons provided include reasons such as cheaper flights
Please note that:
Holidays in term time disrupt your child’s education
Ten days absence per year is equivalent to 5.3% of your child’s education in that year
Children who have been granted authorised absence who do not return on time on the day agreed after any authorised absence can be removed from the school roll in line with the relevant legislation
Medical Appointments, Musical Examinations and similar or visits to local secondary schools in years 5 or 6 are always authorised – some are classified as educated off site which does not affect your child’s attendance record