At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic High School we are very aware about the relationship between good attendance and effective learning. Research has demonstrated that the lower a student's attendance is, the lower their GCSE grades are at the end of Year 11. Less than 95% attendance every year in School equals a one grade difference across all GCSE grades and because of this we expect all our students to aim for at least 96% attendance.  Additionally, this is also useful preparation for each student's future workplace, where an absence rate of 5% or above would be considered a cause for concern.

What does attendance percentage mean?

If a student does not attend School or is not taking part in an approved educational activity, they are classed as ABSENT from School. This means that if your child is off School for any reason, even if they are ill or have medical permission to be off School, they are classed as ABSENT. 


This is how the number of days absent converts into an attendance percentage:

100% Attendance is 190 Days in School

8 days absence is 96%
12 days absence is 94%
19 days absence is 90%
29 days absence is 85%

38 days absence is 80%
47 days absence is 75%

Please note: Even is an absence is authorised attendance % is still affected.
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How can you help?

We ask for the support of our parents to not to keep students away from School unless the absence is absolutely unavoidable. When an absence is unavoidable, please can parents and carers do the following:


  • Contact School on the first day of absence to provide a reason for non-attendance.

  • Update the School on the third day of non attendance if the absence is expected to continue.

  • Request leave of absence in term time for exceptional circumstance by following the School Student Leave of Absence In Term Time Policy  

  • Work with the School and any other agency to resolve any difficulties which may affect a student's regular School attendance.


Where absence is unavoidable, the School is very happy to ensure that work is provided so that our student's do not fall behind in their progress.


We do not expect holidays to be taken in term time as this can have a significant impact on students' progress. A leave of absence can be requested in exceptional circumstances. Further information or to request leave of absence please see Leave Of Absence Application Form.

School Support System For Promoting Regular Attendance

In order to ensure good attendance from all our students we have a graduated support system for students and parent/carers:

Attendance Support Team

We have a dedicated team of staff at Saints Peter and Paul who work on Attendance; the Attendance Officer, Year Mentors, Lead Mentors and Progress Leaders scrutinise our attendance data daily and work closely with Halton Education Welfare Services.

As you would expect, we have very high standards and are committed to all our students making maximum progress. The Attendance staff are always happy to offer advice and support to students, parents and families on effective strategies for maximising attendance. If you would like more details please do not hesitate to contact School.

Further details can be found in the School's 'Attendance For Learning Policy'. 



Reporting A Staff Absence

Staff should call 0151 422 6504 before 7.45 am on the morning of  an absence.

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