St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

Absences and Attendance

COVID 19 Update - Please see the COVID-19 Updates page for current school times (letter - Information regarding opening Friday 4th September 2020)


We think that it is important to establish punctual habits in the children. The children should be arriving at least 5 minutes before school starts. Entrance doors will be open from 8.35am at the Juniors and 8.35am at the Infants allowing pupils to come into school, get settled and prepare for their school day. There is no teacher on duty until this time. A teacher is on duty from 8.35am and 8.45am respectively.

Children Who Go On Holiday in Term Time

Authorisation for absence may only be granted by the Headteacher, however leave of absence will not be granted during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Although we sympathise with a number of requests, it is the duty of the school to ensure all children receive the maximum access to learning achieved by good attendance. Obviously, this takes into consideration those times when a child needs to be at home due to illness. In the interests of safeguarding, children need to be in school to enable all children to have the best outcomes. “Keeping children safe in education” DfE September 2019

To be read in conjunction with the Attendance Policy. Pupils whose attendance falls below school targets of 97.4%  will receive a letter each term to remind parents. The school is committed to tracking attendance with respect to safeguarding and achievement and will ask for evidence of all absences. Authorisation for absence is only given by the Executive Headteacher for very exceptional circumstances.