Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School,

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Highfield Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4LJ

01977 625354


Our whole school attendance target for 2018-2019 is:



At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we firmly believe that regular attendance is vitally important to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our children. Regular attendance means your child can make the most of their education, thus improving their chances in adult life. Being in school will also help your child's social skills, such as making and keeping friendships. A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.
To ensure your child gets the best possible start to their education, we ask that you support regular school attendance and punctuality.

Our school day starts with children entering school at 8:45 a.m. with learning starting at 8:50 a.m. prompt. Please ensure your child is on school premises and ready to line up at 8:45 a.m.

Any children arriving late will have to wait in reception and a record of why they are late made. They will also be missing the vital start to the school day and the building blocks for the days learning, as well as disturbing other children who have already started their lessons. 

Attendance Bulletin - June2018

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Attendance Bulletin - April 2018

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Letter to parents regarding holidays in term time


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Attendance Bulletin – November 2017

A welcome back  to all our parents and children, I hope you enjoyed the half term break. It is vitally important this new academic year that you help support your child’s education through good attendance.

The Staff at Sacred Heart School are committed to helping your child succeed in all they do. We believe that good attendance will help to secure your child’s future by enabling them to achieve the very best they can whilst in our school.

All pupils at Sacred Heart School are expected to achieve 95% attendance or above. Our Whole School Attendance Target this year is: 96%.  Lets all work together  to achieve our goal.


Attendance Update: Last year our whole school attendance was 95.48%,  below our set target. This was mainly due to holidays taken in term time which means we just missed our whole school target of 96. % by 0.52%. Absence greatly impacts on achievement with children missing vital building blocks in their education. Please carefully consider this when booking holidays during term time. Lets all work together to ensure we give our children the best possible education they can have.

Autumn Term 1

Attendance Update: Our STAR CLASS for last half term was Year 3 who achieved: 97.62%

Last year we had 8 children achieve 100% for the whole year, 4 in key stage 1 and 4 in key stage 2. Well done to those children who achieved this. This year lets see if  we can have more children who can achieve 100% for the whole of the this year. .


The school day begins at 8.50am for children. Parents/carers are asked to ensure children are on school grounds, ready to enter school, by 8:45am in order to begin lessons on time and be in class by 9:50 a.m.


Sacred Heart has a first day calling policy. Please can you inform the office if your child is not in school due to illness on the first day of absence.

Persistent Absentee

Children must strive to achieve the best possible attendance they can, in order to make good progress. Children, who fall below 90% attendance in any half term, will be considered a Persistent Absentee and will come under the “Unsatisfactory School Attendance” category, as set by the Local Education Authority and passed on to the Education Welfare Officer. Children with 10% or more absence, face a very difficult challenge when attempting to catch up on missed education. We aim to continue to reduce our Persistent Absentee figures this year and will work with parents/carers, when attendance is under 90%. In order to ensure your child has his/her full entitlement to their learning, we expect that they attend school for every possible session. Please be aware that persistent absence can result in a fine being imposed.


Holidays in Term Time

Holidays in term time not only impact on a child’s learning but also impact greatly on their attendance. It can also take a child time to settle back in to school and integrate back with their peers. Please think very carefully before taking your child out of school. Holidays are not authorised unless due to exceptional circumstances. We are now adopting a zero tolerance policy and therefore will not be authorised. Families can expect to receive a Penalty Notice if they choose to take children out of school without the Headteacher’s permission.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact school to discuss your concerns. Each half term a letter will be sent home with your child’s attendance and any lateness on. Please do not ignore this as it will help to keep your child on track. If your child drops below 90% attendance this will be passed on to the Education Welfare Officer, who will monitor for improvement.