We can only teach those who attend Holidays
At St Mary's we take attendance very seriously. Punctual and regular attendance is an essential requirement for successful learning from the time a child starts school.
In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:
· Spend time together
· Go on family visits and days out
· Go on holiday
· Go shopping
· Attend routine appointments
If your child has a holiday of 1 week during term time and 10 days illness, they would miss 75 hours of education in the academic year. If this pattern were to be repeated throughout your child’s school life, they would miss almost a year of their education.
Children who go on holiday for a week during the term, may miss out on more than 1 week of work. Before they go on holiday, they can be distracted and afterwards they may not be able to access learning because they have missed out on part of their learning journey.
Click here to download a term time absence request form.
A parent contacted a school regarding problems that their child was having at play times. It became clear that the child was finding it difficult to make and keep friends because the child was having significant time off school.
A teacher complained that she had to give up her lunchtime to help a child having difficulties in maths. The child had been on a term time holiday and had therefore missed vital maths lessons.
A new child was finding it difficult to integrate into a class. He had missed end of term activities when "not much is done” but friendships and good memories are created. "Social” aspects of school life are an important part of the curriculum.
Wherever possible please make medical and dental appointments outside of school hours