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Attendance and punctuality

'Attend today, achieve tomorrow'


We believe that regular school attendance is the key to enabling children to maximise the educational opportunities available to them. It helps them to develop into confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community. Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School recognises the clear link between the attendance and attainment of students.

Irregular/poor attendance causes children to fall behind and underachieve. Poor attendance can place children at risk and, in some cases; it can result in students being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour. 

The importance of attendance and punctuality is underpinned by an awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important to see our young people every day and provide an educationally safe and secure environment.

To gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that all students attend regularly and on time. Students should aim to attend every day that the school is open.  We set a target for all students to aim for 100% attendance with the expectation all students achieve at least 97%.


As a school we define regular attendance as 97% or above.