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Attendance

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary school seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential.

The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure.

Good attendance is essential if students are to take full advantage of school and gain the appropriate skills they will need and reach their full potential.
The school aims to achieve good attendance by operating an attendance policy within which students, staff, parents and Education Welfare Service can work in partnership.

The school policy is to encourage punctuality but actively discourage lateness as it can seriously disrupt lessons.

The school will monitor attendance on a daily basis and once a week analyse attendance records.

The registers are recorded electronically and the system is able to give us an instant analysis of attendance and punctuality. This will be looked at by the Head teacher and staff in the school and also by the Educational Welfare Officer.

Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.

If a child is ill and unable to attend school it is very important for parents/carers to ring and inform the school straight away and this should then be followed up in writing by email or letter.

The governors of St. Mary’s will not authorise any holidays during term time.

It is important to read the attendance policy for full information on attendance.

Please click here for our  latest Attendance Policy (this is updated annually).