At St Clare’s we place a high importance on our children attending, on time every day.  For your child to have access to all the wonderful activities and events that we plan in school, they need to be in school and on time to enjoy them.

If children do not attend school regularly, they may not be able to keep up with school work.  In a busy school day it is difficult for teachers to find the extra time to help a child to catch up.  It’s not only the academic work that suffers – missing out on the social side of school life can affect your child’s ability to make and keep friends, a vital part of growing up.

Every week at St Clare’s we publish our attendance figures on our website and we announce them in our Celebration Assembly each week.  We have attendance themed weeks when we link our attendance figures to maths lessons and have a whole school focus on the importance of attendance.

The class with the best attendance (it must be over 97%) each week wins an extra playtime for the class, either outside or with wet play games! We also have lots of incentives to promote good attendance at St Clare’s.


Attendance PercentageNumber of days lostNumber of sessionsNumber of weeksLessons Lost(5 activities a day)Playtimes and social time lost
95%10 Days20 Sessions2 Weeks50 lessons12.5 hours
90%19 days38 sessions3 weeks 4 days95 lessons23.75 hours
85%29 days58 sessions5 weeks 4 days145 lessons36.25 hours
80%38 days76 sessions7 weeks 3 days190 lessons47.5 hours
75%48 days96 sessions9 weeks 3 days240 lessons60 hours
70%57 days114 sessions11 weeks 2 days285 lessons71.25 hours
65%67 days134 sessions13 weeks 2 days335 lessons83.75 hours

Holidays in term time

Holidays in term time will not be authorised.  If you chose to take your child out of school during term time you can be fined by the local authority. The school does not recieve the proceeds of these fines. The fines are paid directly to the Local Authority.

Sickness Absence

Is my child too ill for school?

When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. These simple guidelines should help.

Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence by.

On the first day of your child’s illness, telephone the school (0151 733 4318) by 9:30am to tell them that your child will be staying at home. The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.

Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school.

Common conditions

If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions:

Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP.

Rash. Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.

Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then consult your GP.

Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone or otherwise stated differently by the Head teacher. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.

Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school.

Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this.

It should be noted that only prescribed medicines can be administered to children in school. Consent forms must be signed and can be obtained from the main office.


Key Documents to support Attendance Management at St Clare’s

  • St Clare’s Attendance Policy
  • St Clare’s Child Friendly Attendance Policy
  • Attendance Information – Liverpool City Council Website
  • Attendance Infomration – Department for Education Website