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School gates open daily at 8:50am.

Staff in the school office are the first point of contact for reporting absences and for First Day Response for attendance.  Please ring 01744 678690 to report your child’s absence. You can also let school know if your child is too unwell to attend, by using our absence reporting system on the website homepage.

Meet the school attendance team.

Miss Johnston and Mrs.Hilton, in the office, check attendance every morning and will contact you if you have not informed us of your child’s absence.

Mrs.Green is the school attendance lead, she monitors attendance and will support you and your family if you are struggling with your child’s attendance.

Mrs.Bradshaw is our safeguarding and pastoral lead, she will work closely with families who need support with attendance.

Mrs.Garton is our Local Authority Education Welfare Officer. She is in school each Thursday morning and she will be on the gates to greet you.

You will see all members of the school Attendance Team in and around the school.

The School Attendance and Wellbeing team are always available to speak/meet with you and any offer support.


The table below shows the importance of good attendance.




School Attendance


Attendance is one of the most important areas of school life that the parents and carers of our pupils can make the biggest impact to their learning. Here at Sutton Oak, we pride ourselves in having high expectations of the children and endeavour for them to thrive in our vibrant, nurturing, Christian environment. As a result we have set a school target of 96% attendance for each academic year.

All our pupils are entitled to the same experiences and opportunities that school brings so if they are not attending they are missing out.

If you would like any helpful information to support your child's attendance, the following websites will be helpful:


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What you need to know

As a parent it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your child goes to school. If they cannot go for any reason you should tell the school and they may authorise the absence if appropriate. All absences need to be reported to school by 9:30am on the day of the absence. This can be via email:, telephone call 01744 678690 or via the reporting system on the website – Virtual office. If school is not informed, then school safeguarding protocols will be followed.

If your child is absent for 10% of their academic year they will be classed as persistently absent.  Lateness after the registers have closed is recorded as an unauthorised absence.  Accrued unauthorised absences can lead to persistent absences. Please be advised that you may be asked to provide medical evidence for a pupil absence if their attendance falls below 92%. This can be the form of a medication label, proof of medicine from the chemist or appointment card/letter. We do not expect doctors or other medical professionals to provide any written evidence. Receiving the correct medical evidence will enable us to mark the school register correctly, as per government guidelines.


Punctuality is extremely important so that your child does not miss out on any learning and social opportunities during the morning. 

Parents will be informed by letter if their child has received late marks.




Are you unsure if you should keep your child off school because they are ill / worried they might be infectious? Check out the guide in our 'Files' section, below.

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Contact Us

Sutton Oak C.E. Primary School

Goodban Street, Sutton,
St Helens, WA9 3QD

Business Manager - Mrs J Palin

Tel: 01744 678690
Fax: 01744 678692


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