It is our aim at St Ambrose that all children will have an attendance of 98% and above. It is a parents legal responsibility to ensure that their child is in school on time everyday.

If your child's attendance slips to 95% or below then you will begin to receive communication from Mrs Ruth Vayro and Mrs Michelle Hanna. 

You will need a medical card stamped by your GP if your child is off school for 3 days or more. If you cannot provide a St Ambrose stamped medical card or medical note from your GP then your child's absence will be marked as unauthorised and we, as a school, will contact the local authority to begin legal proceedings.

If your child's attendance slips below 90%, without medical evidence, then we will unfortunately have to contact the local authority to begin legal proceedings. 10% of missed schooling is 19 days in one school year.

If there are reasons for your child's absence that you need help with, then please do contact Mrs Vayro at the school. We are here to help to ensure your child gets their educational entitlement. This support could be around a Parents or Carers own medical needs or that of a close family member, or issues around housing etc. The link below to Manchester's Early Help team could provide some valuable advice and support.

Manchester Early Help

Absence/holidays in term time policy

It is widely recognised that the educational outcomes and future life chances of children can be significantly impacted upon by periods of absence.  The Governors of this School wish to encourage parents to ensure their child attends school every day.

Leave of Absence/Holidays in term time

This will only be allowed during term time in very exceptional circumstances and permission is at the complete discretion of the Headteacher. In such instances, a leave of absence/holiday request form should be submitted to the Headteacher at least 2 weeks before the leave of absence.

If no permission is sought or if permission is refused, then the absence will be treated as unauthorised.  If a student is absent due to an unauthorised leave of absence then a request to the Local Authority for a Penalty Notice to be issued will be made and you may receive a fine of £120 for each parent/carer.

Penalty Notices

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 each parent/carer may be issued with a Penalty Notice for each of their children who fail to attend school regularly. A Penalty Notice is an early deterrent which is intended to prevent more extended periods of Unauthorised Absence developing. Each such Penalty Notice incurs a fine of £120 which is reduced to £60 if paid within 28 days of the notice being served. Failure to pay a Penalty Notice may result in prosecution.


To view what the law says on pupil attendance in school please click the link below.

What the law says

 If your child does have a medical concern then the Manchester minor ailments website may provide you with some advice, please click the link below.

Manchester minor ailments website

St Ambrose documents

Please click on the links below for information on attendance for Parents and Carers at St Ambrose

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