Saint Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Attendance, Punctuality and Term Dates

Morning Routine

The school gates are open from 8.40am until 8.55am for children to arrive at school. Please do not enter the school gates before a member of staff is there to greet the children at 8.40am, even if the gates are open.

Arrivals after 8.55am need to use the intercom to contact the school office, once the office staff open the gate, you will then need to bring your child up to the school office and sign them in electronically on the Visitor Pod screen. Please do not leave your child at the gate unaccompanied. It is really important that your child arrives at school on time, so that they have the time to settle in to the day, and do not miss vital learning time.

If you need to speak to anyone when dropping off your child, then a member of staff will be available at the gate to pass on any messages. If you need to speak to the class teacher, then please make an appointment via the school office or write a note in your child’s Reading Record.


Designated adults collecting from school

To help us keep your children safe, please can you ensure that the office are informed if another adult is picking your child up from school, other than the child’s parent or (known to us) carer.

If you would like a paper copy of the ‘Leave of Absence request form’ then please ask at the school office. 

Local Authority Documentation

NHS Health Advice