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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

Growing together in God’s love

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Our Attendance Team:


If you need support or advice about attendance, please contact our school office on 01274 815862 and ask for Mrs. Brown, our Attendance Officer. 


At Clayton St John CE Primary School we have high expectations for attendance and punctuality of all our pupils.

We have an effective whole school attendance strategy which requires commitment from every member of the school community.


Good attendance is important because:-

  • Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%.
  • Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically.
  • Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with.
  • Regular attenders find learning more satisfying.
  • Regular attenders are more successful in transitioning between primary school, secondary school, higher education and employment or training.
  • Attending school regularly safeguards the welfare of children whilst they are not in the care of their parents/carers.


How do we communicate?

At Clayton St John CE Primary, we communicate regularly and effectively with both parents/carers and pupils about the importance of good attendance in the following ways:

Parents and Carers

  • The School Newsletter,
  • The School Prospectus,
  • Consultation Evening,
  • The School Website,
  • Letters, phone calls and attendance meetings if attendance or punctuality is a concern.



  • Achievement Assemblies,
  • Class attendance rewards every half term.
  • End of year reward and certificates for children with excellent attendance.

Attendance board.


Attendance matters!

Everyday your child is absent from school is an opportunity missed as it is well known that good school attendance affects a child's success in learning.

The Education Act 1996 states that all pupils should attend school regularly and punctually. Both parents and schools have a shared responsibility to ensure that this happens.

Attending school every day will enable your child to:

  • Learn new skills,
  • Make friends and build lasting relationships,
  • Develop confidence,
  • Develop good routines.

What can you do to help!

  • Aim for 10 hours of sleep per night for your child as this will make the following day at school much easier for them to cope with.
  • Make sure your child eats breakfast as this helps them stay alert at school.
  • Help your child to develop good night time routines by checking their homework, reading, getting their school bag ready for the next day and going to bed at a reasonable time.
  • Try and make any medical/dental appointments for after the school day.
  • Never take holidays during term time.
  • If you know your child is going to be absent from school on a particular day, please let us know. 
  • If your child is ill, ring the school as soon as possible on the first day of their absence.