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It is extremely importance that children have good attendance at school.


Children who attend school regularly are more likely to:


  • Build a firm and secure knowledge and understanding across all curriculum subjects.
  • Ensure they consistently meet and build upon expectations for their age group.
  • Develop good habits and important life skills.
  • Maintain friendships.
  • Gain better qualifications.
  • Have access to a wider range of opportunities when they leave school.


Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their child of compulsory school age receives efficient full time education that is suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have. This can be by regular attendance at school or by education otherwise (including the parent choosing to educate their child at home).


Compulsory school age is defined as being the term commencing on or after a child’s fifth birthday. A child continues to be of compulsory school age until the last Friday of June in the school year that they reach sixteen. This applies to the parents of children of compulsory school age who are registered at a maintained school, a pupil referral unit, an Academy, or other state provided education.


Here at St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School, we have a number of policies and procedures to ensure that children get the most from their education with us.  Our aim is that all children attend school regularly and that our attendance rates are above the national average which is currently 96.1% Click on the links below to read some of our key documents.