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Absence and Collection

At St Mary's, we are committed to providing a comprehensive education for all pupils. We believe that all pupils benefit from the education we provide, and therefore from regular school attendance. To this end, we will do as much as we can to ensure that all pupils achieve maximum possible attendance and that any issues, which may impede full attendance, are acted upon as quickly as possible. The doors for our Foundation Unit open at 8:40am. Doors for main school open at 8:45am and registers will close at 9.00am; any child arriving after that will be marked as late. If your child arrives after 9.15am, they will receive an unauthorised absence mark.

 

Absence Procedures

If your child is ill, please keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school. Please notify us by phone call or email before 9.30am if your child is to be absent, and continue to inform us on a daily basis if they continue to be ill.

 

Good Attendance

We believe good attendance is when children attend at least 97% of the school year. This equates to attending at least 185 of the 190 days when school is open to pupils. This is only 5 days off for the full academic year. As a school, we will only authorise term time holidays in exceptional circumstances. We monitor attendance regularly. If your child’s attendance drops below 90%, under Government guidelines, this means that they are classed as a ‘persistent absentee’ and we will write to you to invite you to discuss the reasons for this. The table below summarises the effect of low attendance:

 

Attendance Percentage

Number of sessions missed

Equivalent number of days missed

Approx. equivalent number of weeks missed

Equivalent number of lessons missed

100

0

0

0

0

95

19

9.5

2

48

90

38

19

4

95

85

57

28.5

6

143

80

76

38

8

190

75

95

47.5

9.5

238

70

114

57

11.5

285

 

Running late?

If, when coming to pick your child up from school, you are running late, we ask that on each separate occasion you ring the school office on 01623 464246 to inform us of this and when you can be expected at the school. We also ask that you be mindful of the time at which you notify the school; wherever possible, we ask parents to notify the school no later than 30 minutes before the specified collection time. 

If applicable, please name the person who will be collecting your child on your behalf. We may ask you for a description of the individual that you have stated if they are unknown to the school. Additionally, we may request that a password is put in place, for us to ask the individual who comes to collect your child. Pupils of the school will not be released from the school unless staff are completely satisfied that they are safe. When parents are not at the school on time to collect their children, pupils will be kept in Reception and will be supervised by a member of staff.

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