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St Wilfrids CE Primary School has been working hard to improve the attendance of all pupils.

It is widely recognised that the educational outcomes and future life chances of children and young people can be significantly impacted upon by periods of absence.

Therefore we want to encourage parents to ensure that their child attends school every day. We do appreciate the fact that a significant number of pupils have excellent attendance and this should be commended.

 At St Wilfrids CE Primary School we fully appreciate that there may be occasions when a pupil’s attendance may be affected due to exceptional circumstances. In these cases support and advice will always be available from the school.

Unfortunately, despite this support, attendance levels for some pupils continue to fall below the school’s expectations of 97%.

All pupils’ attendance is closely monitored by the school and only the head teacher has the power to authorise any absence. All requests for leave during term time must be made in writing to the head teacher.

Where a parent/carer removes their child during term-time without authorisation (including holidays) they may be liable for a penalty notice or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.  

A penalty notice will be issued to each parent for each child. The penalty notice incurs a fine of £120 to be paid within 28 days, which is reduced to £60 if paid within the first 21 days.

Failure to pay the penalty notice may result in legal proceedings being taken against you.

Other statutory action may also be considered under the Education Act 1996, which may result in you being prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court.

If your child is experiencing any problems that may be affecting their attendance or punctuality, then please contact the school office on 0161 998 3663 and speak to Sharon Hellier to discuss any support that could be provided to ensure their regular attendance.

We thank you for supporting St Wilfrids CE Primary School in improving attendance, which will ensure that all pupils in school have the opportunity to reach their full potential and improve outcomes for their future.

School Strategies for  Dealing with Absences

First day of absence, we phone parents /carers if absence not reported. If we are unable to make contact, then we may  do a home visit. This is in line with our Safeguarding Policy.

5 sessions missed will result in an advisory letter being sent home. Definite home visit carried out.

Further sessions missed = Parent/carers will be invited to attend an informal meeting with the person responsible for school attendance to discuss options of  how school can support you  getting your child into school.

Further sessions missed = Parent/Carer will be invited to an attendance panel review with the Head, School Nurse, and a member of the  governing body. You will also be asked  to sign a Parent Contract to help improve your child's attendance.

Each school day consists of 2 sessions. 

Session 1 = AM

Session 2 = PM

Penalty Notice Warnings can be issued to parents/carers after only 5 sessions of unauthorised absence i.e 2 ½ days

If your child is going to be absent for any reason please phone school before the register closes at 9.15am

We would also request parents/carers provide school with medical evidence when absence is related to illness, ie. a copy of prescriptions or medical/appointment cards to support their absence. 

Times for the school day

Our school gate opens at 8.40am. Children can go straight in to their class from 8.40am

The school bell sounds at 8.55am and the children should be in class by then and ready to learn.

The school register closes at 9.15am and children arriving after this will be entered on the register as unauthorised and will count as an absence.

Dentist/Doctors’ appointments are also counted as an absence and should where possible be made after school hours.

Kidz Kingdom

An independent after school club which is run on the school grounds.

Please contact Luke Heaney for Details on:  07503 887973 

St Wilfrid's breakfast club

Open from 7.45am.   Please note:

Breakfast is only served until 8.15am. Children are escorted  to their class at 8.40am by a member of staff.

A choice of breakfast cereals, toast and juice/water/milk all for £2 per day.

Please book a place for your child on Sims Agora. We cannot admit children at the door due to limited spaces.

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day = 3 days lost each year.
  • Arriving 15 minutes late each day = absent for 2 weeks a year. 
  • Arriving 30 minutes late every day = absent for 19 days a year. 
  • Please help your child reach their full potential and get them here on time and ready to start their learning.

Make every minute count!

                                                         Attendance for the week beginning.. 5/3/2018

Class Percentage


Reception 1  Miss Swinburn 95.5%
Reception 2 Mrs Peters 100%
Yr 1 Mrs Doyle 97.5%
Yr 1/2 Mrs Argles  98.6%
Yr2 Miss Deeley 96.4%
Yr 3  Mrs Taylor 97.3%
Yr 3/4  Mrs Dhaliwal 97.9%
Yr 4 Miss Clark 95.8%
Yr 5 Mr Goodwin 100%
Yr5/6 Miss Bartlett 97.7%
Yr 6 Miss Vermeulen 97%

Best attendance for the week beginning 5/3/2018 goes to

Rec2 Mrs Peters  & YR5 Mr Goodwin

        Both with 100% 

               Well done !       

           Whole school attendance this week is ...97.5%  .

                 Attendance Rewards

Date Rewards
Weekly The class with the best attendance for the previous week wins the Attendance Trophy in their class, plus 10 minutes extra play. They also get to look after Wilf... Our Attendance Bear for the whole week.
End of Term (whole class) The class with the best attendance for the whole term wins a basket of goodies. This could include:    a choice of fruit,popcorn,crisps &sweets plus a game to keep for their class room.
End of Term (invividual pupils)

At the end of each term a certificate is given to pupils who have achieved 100% attendance.

Pupils who have 100%  are also entered into a prize draw. 2 children from each class will be picked from the draw to win a prize. 

End of Year (Whole School)

Each pupil with 100% for the whole school year ( September - July) will receive a trophy, a certificate and get a free entry pass for  the Reward Activity eg, Magic Show, Animal  zoo lab, Circus skills etc...

All other children in school will be able to attend the activity for a small admission fee.