Attendance & Lateness

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils. Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.


One of our basic principles is to celebrate success. Good attendance is fundamental to a successful and fulfilling school experience. We actively promote 100% attendance for all our pupils and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual awards to promote good attendance and punctuality.


The Governors, Head Teacher and Staff in partnership with parents have a duty to promote full attendance at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.


Parental Responsibility


Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child(ren) attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them. Poor attendance undermines their education and sometimes, puts pupils at risk, encouraging anti-social behaviour.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent. This is a safeguarding issue requirement so that all parties know that your child is safe. Parents should regularly update the school and inform on when their child is returning.
Pupils are expected to arrive by 8.45am. All pupils that arrive late must report, with their parent to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.

For our full Attendance Policy please click on this link.