St James'CE VA Primary School

Creating a school family founded upon Christian values

  • love
  • hope
  • peace
  • joy
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • honesty
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • koinonia



Good attendance is essential to ensuring that every child makes great progress at school. We expect all our children to achieve an attendance record of at least 95%, which is the minimum expected level set by the Government.


In 2015/16, our target for whole school attendance was 96%. Our initial analysis shows that our end of year attendance was 96.6%, which is a great improvement from the previous year.


Holidays should not be taken during term time, and there are clear statutory guidelines regarding absence during term time. The Head Teacher will not authorise any holiday leave during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances.



This document shows you how much time taken away from school can affect overall attendance.



Bedford Borough Council leaflet regarding holidays



Further advice regarding Leave of Absence, as issued to schools: Page 1, Page 2