Lead School Attendance Officer: Mrs Diane Riley
Deputy Lead School Attendance Officer: Mrs Melissa Lees

If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school, it is essential that they attend school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.

Did you know that 90% attendance means missing FOUR WEEKS in one school year? That amounts to 100 hours of missed learning. If a child is taken out of school for a two week holiday they cannot achieve 96% attendance record.

Outlined below is the Local Authority's position and expectations in related to a child's overall level of attendance at school.

 100% Attendance 0 Days Missed    Excellent
Child receives a 100% attendance certificate.
9 Days of Absence
1 week 4 days  missed learning
 Engage with school to prevent further absences.
  90% Attendance 19 Days of Absence
3 weeks 4 days  missed learning
Children with attendance below 90% are classed as Persistent Absentees.
  85% Attendance 28 Days of Absence
5 weeks 4 days  missed learning
Very Poor
At risk of a Penalty Notice.
80% Attendance or below 38 Days of Absence
7 weeks 3 days   missed learning

Increased risk of a Penalty Notice.


At Eccleston Mere, our attendance is very good. We expect every child to achieve an attendance of 96% or above.

Anyone below 95% will be monitored by school and Education Welfare Services. Pupils whose attendance falls to 90% or below are categorised, by the government, as Persistent Absentees (PAs). Pupils who fall into this category will be monitored and discussed. Where appropriate, further action may be taken to support an improved attendance this may include:

  • Letters from school.
  • School attendance meetings.
  • Where attendance becomes a serious issue, attendance meetings with Education Welfare Service will be organised.

Our Procedures
Parents are legally responsible to ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually. Parents are responsible for informing the school of the reason for any absence (by letter, phone call or personal visit). School operates a “First Response System”. If school does not know of any reason for a child’s absence by 10:00am, an Attendance Officer will contact parents. In certain circumstances, further investigations will take place.

Authorised Absence - Only the school can authorise an absence.
Unauthorised Absence - Absences are those which the school and the governors do not consider reasonable. This includes:

  • Parents/carers keeping children off school unnecessarily e.g. because they had a late night or for non infectious illness or injury that would not affect their ability to learn.
  • absences which have never been properly explained.
  • children who arrive at school after register close.
  • shopping trips.
  • looking after other children or children accompanying siblings or parents to medical appointments.
  • their own or family birthdays.
  • holidays in term time.

A child’s presence at registration will be required for a mark of attendance. After 9.15am, the school gates are locked and any late children must enter through the main front office to be signed in by parents or office staff.

Children who arrive after 9.05am (infants) or 9.15am (juniors) are recorded as late (L). The registers are closed at 9.30am. Children arriving after this time are recorded as late after registers close (U). This mark counts as an unauthorised absence. 

Leave of Absence
The law states that the Headteacher can only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. Parents must apply for leave of absence and must supply evidence of any exceptional circumstances for the Headteacher to consider. Family holidays during school time will be unauthorised.

Appointments in school time
Parents are encouraged to make all but essential or unavoidable appointments outside school hours. Parents must show appointment cards if a child is being taken out during school time. Please see acceptable forms of medical evidence below.

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Contact Us

Eccleston Mere Primary School

Saleswood Avenue, Eccleston,
St Helens, Merseyside WA10 5NX
Tel: 01744 734829


Mr Ryan Mugan (Head Teacher)
Mrs Amanda Noblett (SENCO)
General Enquiries - Mrs Barrow (Office Manager)

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