Whole school attendance for the academic year 2015-16 was 95.4%. We would like to thank all parents and carers for working with school to ensure their child attends school every day. Every child should aim to achieve an overall attendance of 95%+ each academic year. Studies have shown that poor attendance is linked to poor attainment. At St Mary’s we want all our children to enjoy and achieve and for that reason have the following attendance policy.


Key Stage 1 starts at 8.55am, Key Stage 2 at 8.50am; children arriving after this time will have to sign in at the school office and will receive a late mark. Children arriving after 9.30am will receive an unauthorised mark for the morning session.


All absence must be reported by 9.30am on the first day of absence, either in person, by telephone or text on our text message contact number 0161 681 6663. If we receive no contact from you we will endeavour to contact you via the school texting system or telephone you direct. However the absence may still be recorded as unauthorised if you fail to contact us. If we are unable to make contact with you by telephone, a letter informing you of the absence will be sent out and a reply slip included for you to complete and return to school. Consequently, all absences without reason will be marked as unauthorised on your child’s attendance record.  


Where possible, medical appointments should be taken outside of school hours; however, we understand at times this is sometimes difficult, on these occasions please provide school with a medical card or letter.


Amendments to the 2006 regulations are now implemented; these amendments make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Holidays should not be booked prior to requesting permission and this should be done at least six weeks before impending departure. Holiday request forms are available from the school office.


School may at times request that a Penalty Notice through the School Attendance Improvement Service, is issued to a parent/carer. This will only be used when parents/carers have been informed of our concerns and offered support but do not work with us and/or show continued and sustained improvement. Penalty Notices will be requested for the following reasons:

  1. Persistent late arrival at school after 9.30am.
  2. Unauthorised absences when no reasons have been provided by the parent/carer
  3. Unauthorised holidays during term time.


Where a child’s percentage attendance falls below 90% (the new persistent absentee figure), parents will be invited in to school for a meeting to discuss what support can be offered, in line with the Early Help Offer. Should improvements not be maintained and sustained, Fast Track to Attendance will be instigated which could lead to prosecution through the courts

We trust you will do your upmost to support the school in upholding this policy and together, we can give your child the best educational start to their life.