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Burnley St Peter's

C of E Primary School

Persistent Absentees & Fixed Penalty Notices

St Peter’s School attendance policy clearly explains the use of fixed penalty notices.


Schools are 'measured' both on their whole school attendance rate, and the level of persistent absentees within school.  A persistently absent pupil is one whose attendance is at or below 90% at any point during the academic year. 

St Peter's School will intervene to improve a pupil's attendance prior to them becoming a 'persistent absentee'. 


The following thresholds are intended as a guide as to when a pupil may be classed as a persistent absentee and are roughly equivalent to an attendance rate of 90% at certain points throughout the year:

Half term 1    : 7 sessions of absence 

Half term 1-2 : 14 sessions of absence 

Half term 1-3 : 20 sessions of absence  

Half term 1-4 : 25 sessions of absence

Half term 1-5 : 31 sessions of absence
Half term 1-6 : 38 sessions of absence