St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

Living and Learning Together - Shining in our Faith

Late/Absence Procedures

Every Day Counts

We want every child to achieve their full potential and we know that parents share this goal. There is a clear link between good attendance and educational achievement. If your child is not in school, on time, they will be missing out on many important parts of their education.


Why is regular attendance at school important?

Regular school attendance will mean that your child has a better chance in life. Your child will achieve better when they go to school all day, every school day.

  • they learn better
  • they make friends
  • they are happier
  • they have a brighter future.

The Government regard 95% as the minimum satisfactory attendance for a school pupil.

Days off school add up to lost learning. Please don’t let your children miss out on the education they deserve.


We monitor attendance closely and contact parents to inform them and offer support where attendance has dropped and causes concern.

Good attendance is promoted in school through assemblies and rewards. We are always happy to work with families to support and improve attendance.

By law, Head Teachers may not authorise leave in term time for pupils unless there are “exceptional circumstances”.



Late procedures

If you know your child will be late to school, please notify the school office and book a school lunch if required.

Please bring all latecomers to the main office.


Authorised absences 

Acceptable reasons for absence and cover things like sickness, hospital appointments, religious holidays, attendance at court, clinic appointments, funerals etc


Unauthorised absences 

This is when no acceptable reason is given and includes things like shopping, going to the airport, a relative visiting, being off school for their birthday, going for a haircut, trips out etc.


Late picking up from school

It is equally as important that children should be picked up from school promptly. If for any reason you find that you are going to be late, please contact the school so that we know what is happening. All ‘uncollected’ children will be taken to the Main Hall for After School Club and this may incur a charge.