The School Day, Attendance and Punctuality

Our School Day
The school day officially starts at 8:45am - although staff are on duty from 8:40am to receive the children and allow for a staggered entry to school.
The day ends at 3.15 for KS1 and KS2 and 3:10 for EYFS
Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. Talking to your child and their teachers could help solve any problems if your child does not want to go to school.
Regular School Attendance
St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School records details of all children’s attendance and absence from school. We do so at the beginning of morning and afternoon sessions. If your child is absent, you must inform the school immediately. The school will record the absence and the Local Authority will receive this information for each child. The Department of Education also receives annual attendance data for the school.
Your Responsibilities as a Parent
By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering their child at a school. Although some parents choose to make other arrangements to provide a suitable, full-time education. Once your child is registered at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School, the parent is legally responsible for making sure they attend on a regular basis. If your child does not attend school on a regular basis, you could be subject to a fine or be prosecuted in court.
How to Prevent your Child from Missing School
You can help prevent your child missing school by:
  • making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
  • taking an interest in their education, ask about schoolwork and encourage them to get involved in school activities.
  • discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher or a senior leader know about anything serious.
  • not letting children take time off school for minor ailments, particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
To avoid disrupting your child’s education, you should arrange appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays.  You should not expect St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School to agree to your child going on holiday during term time.
More detail can be found in our school attendance policy. 
Celebrating our success!  Our attendance in summer 2023 stands at 95% overall. 
See below each year group's attendance for this week: 
R 97.3%
Y1 96.2%
Y2 99%
Y3 96.7%
Y4 99.3%
Y5 95.9%
Y6 90.9%
Well done, once more to all year groups, particularly those at 96% and above. Keep up this great attendance everyone. 
Parents, please remember that holidays or appointments during school hours are not authorised, unless there are unmitigating circumstances.