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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance & punctuality

At SMSJ we pride ourselves on our excellent attendance and punctuality. In 2015/16 we achieved just over 96% as a whole school which puts us in the top percentage of schools nationally.

Our aim for all pupils is to provide a high quality education in a safe, caring and disciplined environment to enable everyone to excel. Our pupils enjoy coming to school and like to be on time.

Our expectation is that all pupils will come to school on time every day.  We are proud that our pupils understand these values and responsibilities.   

The minimum attendance rate for each pupil is 95%.  Pupils’ attendance and punctuality is recorded daily: excellence will be rewarded and concerns pursued.  We expect a telephone call on the first day of absence. Our staff will make every effort to contact you where children have failed to attend school. Please note that we require a written explanation on your child’s return.

Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality play a huge part in students achieving their full potential at school. The table below shows the national expectations of attendance:


Above national expectations


National expectation

Below National expectations

Well below National expectations

Persistent absence

                             95.7% and above


94.9 – 95.6%

94 – 94.8%

90 -93.9%

Below 90%







Many parents are surprised how quickly days off can accumulate:

  • 94% = 12 days off a year (average 4 days a term)
  • 90% = 19 days off a year (average 6 days a term)

Every lesson in school matters and children who have time off find it difficult to catch up.

We wish to work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that your child attends school every day and on time. We have to report our attendance data to Barnet Local Authority who we work with to ensure all our pupils come to school regularly and on time.

Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances

Schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. In making a request for an authorised absence from school you need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional. Please note there is no right to authorise absence for a family holiday and if you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and we may refer the matter for consideration of legal action.

You are advised not to make any arrangements until your request has been considered.

Education (Pupil registration) (England) Regulations 2006 have been amended (as of 1 September 2014). The Principal of a maintained school is not allowed to grant leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Principal considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

You will need to explain why you are applying for an authorised absence and the circumstances which make your application exceptional, and why the leave cannot be taken within the normal 13 weeks annual holiday your child already has from school.

Please click here to download and complete the form and return it to the school office at either of our sites.

Please click here to view our Attendance and Punctuality Policy

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