Attendance at St Mary's

We can only teach those who attend

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. 

Case Studies
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   



If your child is likely to be off school for more than a couple of days, please contact the school as there will be work your child is able to complete at home so they do not fall too far behind. Children are able to access some work through our website.

Be Safe

Persistent absentees are statistically more likely to become teenage parents, unemployed or homeless or to engage in petty crime and drug abuse.

Good attendees are less likely to fall into these dangers. A persistent absentee is a child who misses on average one day of school each week throughout the year.

The Law                                                    
The Education Act 1996 requires parents to ensure their children of compulsory school age receive efficient full time education.

The law says that parents/carers whose children of compulsory school age are absent from school without good reason are committing an offense.

Unauthorised absence includes:

· Arriving after the register has closed at 9.30 am

 Shopping trips

 Birthday treats involving absence

 Visiting relatives

You need to be aware that, although you may provide a reason for absence, it is the school which decides if the absence is recorded as authorised or unauthorised.