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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.

Attendance Matters

Our Vision

'We believe, we achieve, we succeed in God's family.'

School Absences


If your child is absent from school please:

  • Contact the school on the first day of absence before 9.00am - this can be done via Study Bugs or by telephoning the school office on 01245 320505;
  • If no one is available to take your call then please leave a message;
  • Contact the school on every further day of absence, again before 9.00am;
  • Ensure that your child returns to school as soon as possible.

Late Procedure


Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If a child misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence. Good time-keeping is a vital life skill which will help our children as they progress through their school life and out into the wider world.


The school day starts at 8.45 am when children can begin to come into school.  Registers are taken at 9.00am and your child will receive a late mark ‘L’ if they are not in by that time.  Children arriving after 9.00am are required to come in to school via the school office if accompanied by a parent or carer, the parent/carer will sign them into our ‘Late Book’ and provide a reason for their lateness which is recorded. The school may send home ‘late notes’ in order to keep parents and carers informed.  From time to time the Child and Family Support Worker, Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will undertake a ‘Late Gate’ check, greeting late arrivals at the main entrance to the school.   


At 9.20am the registers will be closed. In accordance with the Regulations, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site ‘U’, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. This may mean that you could face the possibility of being issued with a Penalty Notice if the problem persists. If your child has a persistent late record you will be asked to meet with the School Welfare Officer and/or Child and Family Support Worker, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.  We expect parents and staff to encourage good punctuality by being good role models to our children and celebrate good class and individual punctuality.

Attendance Policy

ECC - School Attendance