Every day matters, every lesson counts

Did you know:

  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month.
  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects.
  • Persistent absence is when your attendance falls below 90%

You can find out more about the legal aspect of school attendance on the following websites:

Key Attendance Contacts:

Every day matters, every lesson counts
What to do if your child is late, ill or has an appointment


Registers are marked from 8.30am and all students will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. In accordance with legal regulations, if a child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. 

Children who are late before 8:50am should head to the student reception entrance and into the late room.  Students arriving on site after 8:40am should come to the main school reception where they will need to sign in.


If your child is ill, please can you report their absence via the My Child at School App or via email to attendance@stlukescofe.school. When reporting your childs absence please provide their full name and the reason for absence. If you child is absent for more than 1 day, we do ask that you please report their absence daily.

 Once the registers have closed office staff will look at the absences and if we do not have a reason we will contact the parent.


A request for a child to leave school to attend an appointment will usually be granted. Where possible appointments should always be made outside of school hours. 

Absence during term time:

In line with Statutory Guidance, permission for holidays during term time will not be granted as a general rule.

Holidays requested at the beginning of any new term or during SATs periods can not be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £120 can be issued (Section 444(a) of the Education Act 1996 empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices to parents/carers)

Download the
Absence request form (word)

St Luke’s is a wonderful place; is a school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.


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