At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School we place great importance on regular and punctual attendance both because it is a legal requirement, and because days missed or late arrival at school disrupt the education of the child concerned and that of pupils in the class.

Discipline in this and all other matters is part of the ethos of the school leading to appropriate self-esteem and respect for others. The high standard of attendance at our school, which is currently above national levels, is a major contributory factor to the success achieved by our children and something of which we are very proud.

We urge parents to play their part by getting their children to school on time.

Late arrival

Children who are not sitting at their desks in class at 8.50am are late, and those who arrive after this time will receive a late mark. Persistent lateness will result in a letter to parents and a possible fine.


If your child is sick, we require a phone call to the school before 9.30am explaining the reason for the absence. If sickness continues, we ask that parents phone the school again on the 3rd day of absence. When the child returns to school, we require a letter explaining the reason for the absence.

Late Collection

We ask you to ensure that children arrive and also are collected on time, as these are good habits which benefit children in later years and which will enable them to obtain the best from their time at school.

It is upsetting for children to be left uncollected after school and also unfair to school staff who have to abandon their work to look after children whose parents or carers arrive late. Please ensure that you take care to make appropriate arrangements so this does not happen.