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School Attendance/Absence


Children who have been absent from school must on their return, bring a note explaining the reason for such absence. Alternatively parents may contact school by telephone. If on return to school, no reason has been given for an absence, it will be marked as unauthorised absence. A note is required if, for any reason, a child is to be excused from PE or games’ periods.


School commences at 8.55 am and children are expected to be punctual. Persistent latecomers will be reported to the Educational Welfare Officer. The school has developed new systems to record lateness. Children arriving late must report to the school office. Children arriving at school ten minutes after registration are considered absent from that school session. Parents are requested to inform us about children who are not able to attend school. This should be done before 9.30 am on the first day of absence. 


St. Mary's Attendance & Punctuality Policy is available from our policies web page.

St Mary's School Attendance Matters Leaflet



Parents need to be aware that the rules and regulations regarding  the taking of holiday during term times have changed and they state:


  1. Head Teachers shall not grant any leave of absence during term time unless they consider there to be exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
  2. The Head Teacher must be satisfied that exceptional circumstances warrant the granting of a leave of absence.
  3. The Head Teacher will determine how long the absence should be and any additional absence will not be authorised.
  4. Parents whose children have unauthorised absence may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice and/or prosecution.
  • Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full time education through regular attendance at a school or otherwise (ie home education) Section 7 Education Act 1996).
  • If a child who is of compulsory school age, who is registered  at school and fails to attend regularly, it is the parent that will be guilty of an offence (Section 444 (1) Education Act 1996)
  • Children need to attend  school regularly to benefit from their education.
  • Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind.




  • The application must be made in advance by the parent(s) that the child normally resides with.
  • Parents can be issued with a Fixed  Penalty Notice or prosecuted for unauthorised absence including holidays.


We have a shared responsibility to ensure that the law is upheld and that your child achieves to his/her full potential. We look forward to your co-operation.


Warwickshire County Council - Holiday Request Form


Parents are advised to read carefully the attached form and guidance notes. All applications are to be sent to the school office for approval by the Headteacher.