Attendance and Punctuality 

Every Day Counts: School success starts with attendance!


We believe attendance at school is key to a successful and fulfilling school experience. Regular attendance at school promotes pupils’ well-being, maximises progress in learning and helps pupils reach their potential.  


Attendance Target - 95% 

Attendance and punctuality are a priority of the school and the Local Authority.  As a school our attendance target is for all pupils to have at least 95% attendance. Last year the school reached 92.4% so our school attendance needs to improve. 

You can help us achieve this by ensuring your children are in school, on time, every day. Pupils attendance and punctuality is monitored carefully by the school and in collaboration with the school's  Educational Welfare Officer. If your child's attendance reaches below 90% we will send you a letter to inform you and hope to work with you to help improve their attendance. 

The Attendance A - Team 

With the support of the school council, our head girl, Lacey and head boy, Rhys, assist Mrs Ray in monitoring attendance. 

At St. Alban's we celebrate high level attendance across the school, classes and for individuals. We are working hard to improve attendance across the school and we thank you for your co-operation and help. 

Our rewards include: 

  • Best attending class of the week win extra play

  • Hot chocolate for individuals who have achieved 100% attendance for the week. 

  • Individual 100% attendance rewards at the end of each term and academic year. 

Pupil Absence 

If your child is unwell or there are exceptional circumstances which means your child will not be at school please inform us in one of the following ways: 

Ring the school on 029 2046 2915

Email us


If we have not received a message that your child is absent, a member of staff will telephone you to find out where your child is.  This is for your child’s safety and to ensure that we know they are safe, so please be understanding if you receive a call from us.

Holiday Requests 

Leave of absence during term time will be discouraged. Parents and carers do not have the automatic right to withdraw their children from school for an annual holiday and will be reminded of the effect that absence can have on a pupil’s potential achievement


Everyday counts but every minute is equally important. 

Did you know? Being 15 minutes late each day over the school year is the same as missing 2 weeks of school. 

It is very important your child arrives on time for school. School starts at 8.55am. Anyone arriving after 9am will be considered late and must come through the main entrance. If your child arrives after 9.25am the register will be closed and this will be counted as an unauthorised absence. 

Important Links 

Cardiff Council Information on School Attendance 

Attendance Policy 

Fixed Penalty Notice Information