Our Lady and St Philip Neri


Absence and Punctuality

The school aims to maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 97%. The school regularly monitor pupil’s attendance and punctuality. This is to ensure that all pupils are fully assessing the curriculum.

To keep parents informed the school publishes our attendance rates every fortnight in the school newsletter, includes your child’s attendance and punctuality rates on his/her annual report and inform parents if there is a concern with their child’s attendance or punctuality.

Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance. Regular attenders find school routines and school work easier to cope with and make better progress, both socially and academically

Children with good attendance and punctuality are acknowledged and rewarded.


When your child is absent you need to inform the school each morning with a reason. If your child’s absence has not been reported to the school you will receive a text message and it will be marked as unauthorised.

You can report your child’s absence by leaving a voice message on the absence line (dial option 1) or speaking to a member of the office (dial option 2)

Authorised Absence

Some absences are known as “authorised absence”. For example: if a child is ill, family bereavement, religious observance. Absences are authorised at the discretion of the school.

Such absences may be those due to hospital/medical appointments, illness. Evidence of reasons for absence will be requested by the school.

Please arrange dental and doctor’s appointments out of school hours or during school breaks if possible.

Unauthorised Absence

There are times when children are absent for reasons, which are not permitted by law. These are known as “unauthorised absences”. Examples of unauthorised absences are:Going for a family day out, sleeping in after a late night, because it is your child’s birthday or unapproved holidays

Where there is no explanation for the absence or where the explanation for the absence is considered unsatisfactorily