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St Peter’s takes attendance and punctuality very seriously and, once you have registered your child at St Peter’s, it is your legal responsibility to make sure that she/he attends regularly and punctually.  

Every Day Counts - A Guide to Attendance Expectations

Please note the following from the Local Authority;  

‘Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance. As such, all parents/carers are expected wherever possible to plan and take their family holidays at this time, so as not to disrupt their children’s education. Education law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in very exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave and it is the headteacher’s decision on whether the absence is exceptional and how many days to approve.’ 

Leave of absence forms are available from the school office. 


Further information is available in our Attendance Policy on the school website, or at  



Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances



Is your child getting to school on time? Why is punctuality so important?  

  • It is also your legal responsibility to get your child to school on time. Please note that the Local Authority are now issuing penalty notices (fines) for continued lateness
  • Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses. 
  • Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson. 
  • Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and can feel embarrassed to walk into an assembly/lesson once it has started. 
  • Children that arrive late are developing bad habits for the future. 

School is open from 8.00 am for Breakfast club and the playgrounds are open from 8.30 am. Please allow plenty of time for your journey so that your child arrives at school feeling relaxed and prepared for learning.  The school day starts promptly at 8.50 am.  Children will receive a late mark if they arrive after 8.50 am. 

Please make every effort to be at school before the bell in order to give your child the best start to the day. If you are finding this a struggle please do contact the Family Support Worker, we may be able to offer support and advice.