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We expect children to achieve 100% attendance.
The greater their attendance, the greater their achievement

Children must attend school every day. It's the Law!

90% attendance over 5 years of secondary school = HALF a school year missed!

First Day Response

The school operates a first day response to absence through an external automatic communication system which will contact you directly if your child is marked absent at registration, unless the school has been notified of his/her absence. Your child's safety is our main concern and our school is able to reassure you that we are meeting the Government's recommendation in contacting you on the first day of your child's absence. Your child will be automatically included on the system, however, should you prefer not to be notified of your child's absence from school, please put this request in writing for the attention of Mrs M Hunter, School Attendance & Admissions Officer.

We already hold contact numbers. However, it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school of any changes. Initially we will look to parental responsibility only and contact the home telephone and to your mobile phone; we may send a text message. It would also be helpful if you could provide us with an e-mail address as we hope to make greater use of e-mail to contact parents and provide information in the future through parentmail.

Absence Notification:

To reduce the volume of phone calls, we ask all parents/carers to telephone the school before 8.30 a.m. to report your child's absence. I would also be grateful if you could stress the importance of your child reporting to the attendance secretary to sign in if he/she has missed a.m./p.m. registration. Failure to do this may result in causing you unnecessary anxiety/distress and waste time. Please do not be upset if you receive a telephone call or letter regarding your child's absence, but accept it as a way of checking your child's attendance at school.

You will appreciate that there is a legal requirement for the school to maintain accurate attendance records for pupils. The school is obliged by law to differentiate between authorised and unauthorised absence. A letter or telephone message from a parent does not in itself authorise an absence. Only if the school is satisfied as to the validity of the explanation offered by the letter/message will the absence be authorised. Truancy is a serious offence in itself, often preceding involvement in even more serious trouble and parents/carers are shocked if they find out their child has not been in school. It is extremely important that every child gets the maximum attendance possible.

Absence notes will be necessary if the school has not had a reason for absence either by telephone or via the first day response call. Please note unexplained absences are recorded as unauthorised absences. We also require a note for unavoidable lateness, for not taking part in physical education (because of illness etc.) and finally, for leaving school for any reason during school hours. If you request the need for your child to leave school during the day, your child will need to sign out.


If a student has low attendance and/or has had a lot of time off due to illness, or has been absent for one week or more; we will request that medical notes are provided before authorising any further absences due to illness. If no medical proof is provided the absence will remain unauthorised and the Formal Monitoring process will be considered.

Emergency Numbers:

It is essential that all pupils have two emergency telephone numbers where parents/carers can be contacted in the case of an emergency/first day response. A form will be sent to parents/carers at the beginning of the school year. Please ensure you notify the school of any changes of address or emergency telephone numbers, immediately. Your co-operation in this matter is appreciated.

Attendance Policy

Maricourt Catholic High School
Hall Lane
L31 3DZ
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