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Attendance and Punctuality


Our whole school approach to Attendance and Punctuality can be achieved by working together.

Attendance is always a high priority at Ursuline College and we are particularly proud that our overall attendance each year, is above the national average.

School is much more than academic learning and absence, when absent it means your child will be missing time with their friends and their teachers, these are important for building their understanding of relationships and social cohesion which are crucial to their wellbeing.


School Day

Our school day starts when main school gates are opened at 8.25am - all students are to be on site by 8.30am.

If students wish to be on site earlier, they can enter at 8am and will be directed to the canteen area where they will be supervised until 8.25am until a wider supervision around the school site commences. Form and first register are taken at 8.45am.

Every student must attend form on time or will receive a Late mark.



EVERY day at school counts

This table shows you how important it is for your child/children to have good attendance to make sure they don’t miss any vital learning.

365 days in each year

175 Non-School Days a Year 

i.e - Weekends & School Holidays

ONLY 190 school days in each year

100% - 95%




94% - 90%



Less than 90%



190 - 180 days of education

11-19 days absence


179 - 171 days of education


19+ days absence


Less than 171 days of education


Best chance of success –

gets your child off to a

flying start


Less chance of success Makes it harder to make progress.

Action may be taken

Persistent absence will affect your child’s progress.

Action will be taken


What if my child is ill?

We fully understand that children are ill on occasions & when this is the case, we readily accept that being at home is the best place to be. Children can’t help being ill & as a school we want all our children to be well, healthy & able to learn happily & confidently when they are here.


If your child needs to be ABSENT from school

This must be done before 8.30am on each day of the absence.

Please phone the school on 01843 834431 – ex 2101 or

Email: or use

Edulink service

You will need to inform us of the following:  Your child’s name, class & reason of absence.


Please support our school and discuss the importance of good attendance and punctuality with your sons/daughters to enable them to take every opportunity to reach their personal and academic potential.


If you are experience any difficulties with regard to regular attendance and punctuality, please contact the school to discuss what support may be available to you and the student.






From September 2013 the Department for Education have amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 removing the Headteacher’s ability to authorise any leave of absence.

Requests for leave in term-time will not be authorised.



Our Mission and Values

We value each individual as a person made, known and loved by God

We value the whole person, spiritual, physical and intellectual

We value forgiveness and reconciliation

We value justice, equal opportunities and fairness

We value faith development as individuals and as part of communities

We value learning, growth and achievement

We value serving others and caring for those in need

Read Our Values & Ethos Statement

Trust Information

Ursuline College is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.