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St Mary of Charity

Primary School

Late/Absence Procedures


 We pride ourselves on our attendance here at St Mary of Charity. Our school community understands how good attendance will ensure that children make good progress in their learning. Our school attendance is currently significantly higher than national expectation and that is all thanks to our supportive parents and motivated children.


The school day starts at 8.40am and gates close at 8.55am.  We encourage children to arrive promptly as learning begins as soon as they enter the classroom.  If a child arrives at 9.10am before registers close it is recorded as late.  If a child arrives after this time it is recorded as an unauthorised late mark.  Persistent lateness may result in a penalty notice.  Our Parent support advisor (Mrs Ling) is available to talk to or if you need support.


We work hard to ensure good attendance and attendance is tracked weekly in school. We provide rewards to promote and recognise all children and their families who have good attendance and we address where attendance is less than our expectation of 96%.


We understand that children can become ill and, at times like this, days off of school are inevitable. We would ask that parents contact the school office to inform us of the reason for your child's absence and we ask that medical appointments are made out of school whenever possible. The school will not authorise holidays during term time unless there are very exceptional circumstances and any requests for leave during term time should be made in writing to Mrs Rowley-Jones before any bookings are made.