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Attendance Matters

This section provides you with information about attendance and how you can make sure your child has as good attendance as possible.


There are 190 school days in an academic year and everyone counts.

This table of information shows you how important it is that all children have good attendance to make sure they don’t miss any vital learning.

190 days

180 days

171 days

161 days

152 days

143 days

0 days absent

10 days absent

19 days absent

28 days absent

38 days absent

47 days absent


100 %












Best chance of success


Less chance of success.  Makes it harder to make progress.


Absence will affect your child’s progress.

Action will be taken

The National Expectations are as follows:

1 High Above 96%. 2 Above average 95.1% to 96%. 3 Average 94% to 95%. 4 Low Below 94% is 96.1% (2021-2022).  Our overall attendance (2015-16) is

We are proud of our attendance but I am also confident we can do better.  I look forward to working with you closely to improve this figure throughout your child's time at school.

But what if my child is ill?

Of course children are ill on occasions and when this is the case we readily accept that being at home is the best place to be.  Children can’t help being ill and as a school we want all our children to be well and healthy and to learn happily and confidently when they are here.  However, this traffic light system is a really useful guide to help you to decide when to send your child to school.


  • Raised temperature (of over 37.5)
  • 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 before sending them to school.
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea- children with these conditions can return to school 48 hours after their symptoms have settled.



  • Headaches-  a child with a minor headache does not 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 keep your child at home and consult your GP.



  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling tired

* We will always contact you if your child becomes ill during the school day.


If your child is too unwell to attend school .......

Please phone the school office on 01992 463549 or email admin@staugustines.herts.sch.uk

ASAP to inform the school that your child is absent and to explain the cause of the absence.  The school will ask about the nature of the illness and the expected duration of the absence.

If we don't recieve your phone call, we will phone home to asertain your child's whereabouts and reason for absence.

Please phone on subsequent days if your child is away for more than 1 day.  Written notification needs to be sent into school on the first day back.

Holidays in Term Time

As a school we do not authorise holidays in term time unless there are unique and compelling exceptional circumstances.
As you already know every day in school counts. If you need to request a holiday in term time please put your request in writing to Mrs Napier, Headteacher and hand it in to the school office.

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