St Edmund’s Catholic Academy is committed to ensuring excellent attendance to maximise the enjoyment, achievement, and safety of all students. Regular attendance and punctuality are crucial if students are to take full advantage of their education and achieve their potential.

All children, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to an efficient, full time education, which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude, and any special educational needs they may have. We know that a fulfilling challenging education requires a supportive, caring environment that embraces diversity and difference.

There is a strong statistical link between good school attendance and student achievement. It is proven that attainment is connected to good school attendance and missing school could have an impact on a child’s education. The Academy strives to support all students on their educational journey, ensuring and celebrating success and achievement at St Edmund’s Catholic Academy. Every day matters.

The Academy works closely with our families, students, and outside support agencies to promote attendance and safeguard our students. Regular attendance and punctuality is a priority with staff

It is a statutory Government requirement for all our students from year 7 to year 11 to attend educational provision regularly and on time. The aim is for all our students to achieve 100% attendance.

If a child’s attendance falls below 90% they will be deemed a Persistent Absentee and the Local Authority is notified. St Edmund’s Catholic Academy reviews attendance daily and intervention will be offered to prevent a child from becoming a Persistent Absentee.

Parents/carers must contact the Academy as soon as possible on the first day of their child’s absence and every subsequent day of absence updating the Academy on their child’s condition and expected date of return. They are asked to telephone the absence line on 01902 558888, option 1 (24hrs), or send an in app Arbor message, ideally before 8.00 a.m. with the reason for absence.

 Attendance Policy