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By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 18) must get a suitable full-time education. Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence.

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly. At Saint Joseph’s we believe in working in partnership with families to develop a responsible attitude to school attendance.
A child should go to school regularly because:
· A good education will help give him/her the best possible start in life
· Absence from school may mean falling behind with school work
· It develops an understanding of the importance of having a good attendance record. Children quickly pick up the message that their presence is important which will hold them in good stead when they enter the world of employment.

Employers want to be sure that people they recruit are reliable.