Absence

Attendance and Punctuality

At Holy Family we aim for 100% attendance and punctuality - it gives children the best possible start to life and ensures they are able to keep up with their learning.

Persistent lateness causes disruption to the rest of the class and causes embarrassment to the child arriving late. It makes the session harder for the child to settle as they may have missed vital instructions.

The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and the register is taken at 8:55 a.m. Children arriving after that time will be marked late. At 9.30am the registers will be closed. In accordance with the regulations, if your child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark. It will mean they have an unauthorised absence.

Absence

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please remember that we need some form of official notification.

The best way to do this is to ‘phone the school office – an alternative is to send us a note when your child returns to school. A verbal message from your child, however, is not acceptable.

It is worth remembering that children constantly absent from school without good reason are, generally speaking, less likely to succeed in life than those with a good attendance record.

Leave of Absence in Term Time

We do not authorise any holidays during term time. There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off school to go on holiday. All applications for leave in exceptional circumstances must be made in advance and are sanctioned at the discretion of the Head of School. In making a decision, the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any attendance concerns.