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Attendance & Late/Absence Procedures

At St Mary’s CE School we are committed to promoting excellent levels of attendance and punctuality, enabling our pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.

We ask our parents and carers to support the school with attendance by:

  • not taking holidays during  term time
  • noticing how much time your child has been away from school
  • showing your child that punctuality matters by getting them to school on time and collecting them on time
  • keeping your contact details up to date
  • keeping the school informed about anything that may affect your child’s attendance.


If your child is unable to attend school, please notify the school office by 9.00am on the first morning of absence. 

When reporting an absence you will need to advise us of the child’s name, class and detailed reason for absence. This can be done in one of three ways: 

  1. Using the absence reporting tool on ParentMail 
  2. Calling the school absence line - 01296 482094 Option 1 
  3. Emailing the school -

You then need to contact the school on every subsequent day of absence