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St. Cross Catholic

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At St Cross Catholic Primary School, we continually focus on the importance of attendance and punctuality to ensure that your child has the best possible start in life. Attendance has a direct link to attainment; there is clear evidence that poor attendance has a very negative impact on children’s learning and progress at school.  If a child is not in school regularly they are not fully accessing the curriculum and learning opportunities available to them.  Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year. 

There are 175 non- school days a year for enjoying family time, holidays, trips, visits, shopping, seeing friends, travelling and getting regular dental and optician checks.

 Attending school every day equates to 100% attendance.

Attendance during 1 year

Days lost

This equates to

95% attendance

9 Days

nearly 2 weeks

90% attendance

19 days

nearly weeks

85% attendance

29 days

nearly 6 week

80% attendance

38 days

nearly 8 weeks

75% attendance

48 days

nearly 10 weeks

70% attendance

57 days

nearly 11.5 weeks

65% attendance

67 days

nearly 13.5 weeks


We believe that ‘Every Minute Counts!  When a child arrives late at school, they miss teacher instructions and lesson time; and their learning begins to suffer.  Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late. The table below shows how frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost.  This can seriously disadvantage children and disrupt the learning of others. 

 Please help your children to be punctual!

 Minutes Late

Learning days lost per year

5 minutes

3 days

10 minutes

6.5 days

15 minutes

10 days

20 minutes

13 days

30 minutes

19 days


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