St Mary's

Church of England Primary

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Late/Absence Procedures

We operate a soft start for children from 8.30am to 8.50am.  The school day starts at 8.50am.  Children arrving after 8.50am will be marked as late.


The school must be informed of any absence.  If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, parents are asked to telephone the school office on the first day of absence, before 9am.  Any absence that has not been accounted for will be recorded as unauthorised on your child’s school records.


If the school has concerns about the level of absence of a particular child, parents will be contacted, made aware of the issue and given the opportunity to come into school to discuss the matter.  If a family is having on-going problems with school attendance, additional support can be offered.


The school is only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances.  In making a request for an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional.  Please note: There is no right to authorised absence for a family holiday.  If you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and we will consider legal action.