St Luke's CE Primary School, Bradford

Whole School Attendance

100% attendance at school is extremely important to ensure all pupils achieve their full academic potential.  We recognise that good attendance and punctuality is crucial to raising standards and pupil attainment. Any absence affects the pattern of a child's schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning.

We expect all children to attend school every day.  Ensuring a child's attendance at school is a parental responsibility and permitting absence from school without good reason is an offence of the law and may result in prosecution.

The safeguarding of our pupils is paramount when they are in our care.  For this reason, the Governing Body's policy on attendance aims to ensure every pupil is accounted for on each  day that school is open and a comprehensive system of attendance is maintained for every pupil on roll.

As attendance is crucial to effective learning and the continuity of learning experiences, school places great emphasis on this in its communication with parents. We will do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and put in place appropriate procedures to support this.

For more information, please see our attendance policy and procedures in our policy section of this website.

Don’t underestimate the importance of 100 percent attendance.
Even one day missed can have an effect on learning:

98 percent attendance means 4 school days missed
95 percent attendance means 10 school days missed
90 percent attendance means 19 school days missed
80 percent attendance means 38 school days missed
Five minutes late each day means three school days missed
(Over the Year)

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. 

Together we will flourish
Please help your child to attend school,every day and ontime!

Sickness and Absence 

When a child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school for parents. These simple guidelines taken from the NHS website should help. Click here to go straight to it.

Not every illness needs a child to stay away from school. If a child is kept away from school, parents must inform the school on the first day of their absence.

Common sense needs to be used when deciding whether or not a child is too ill to attend school. Parents need to ask themselves the following questions.

  • Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
  • Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
  • Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.

Common conditions
If a child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions. (see below)

Cough and cold
A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If a child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, they should go to a  GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.

Raised temperature
|If a child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better.

Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If a child has a rash, check with a GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.

A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then the child should be kept off school and a GP consulted.

Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting must be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult a GP.

Sore throat
A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.

If a child has chickenpox, they must be kept off school until all their spots have crusted over.