St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Attendance & School Timings

It is very important to develop good routines for getting to school on time.

School timings are: 08:45 am - 3:15 pm

Children begin early work as soon as they enter the classroom. Morning register is at 08:55 am; children who arrive after this time, but before the close of register at 09:25 am, will be marked as ‘late before the close of register’. Children who arrive after 09:25 am will be marked as ‘late after the close of register’, which is recorded as unauthorised absence unless a valid reason has been provided.

If your child has a medical appointment during the school day, we ask that we can see sight of the hospital/appointment letter. A photocopy of this will be taken. You will be asked by the office staff to sign your child in/out of school.

If your child becomes unwell during the day, we will contact you to come and collect them. Please ensure that we always have up to date telephone numbers for you.

Our school day finishes at 3.15pm. The children are collected from their classrooms. Please ensure you are on time to collect them, if for any reason you are going to be late please contact the school office.

We believe that a good attendance habit gives your child the best possible start in life and helps develop the skills needed in adult life.

Holiday in Term Time

There is no entitlement for parents to remove their child from school for the purpose of holiday in term time. The head teacher will look at each case individually and only authorise holiday in extreme exceptional circumstances. The Local Authority will issue parents with a Penalty Notice of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days. If you do need to take your child out of school other than for medical reasons, please speak to the School Office.


School Attendance and Behaviour - East Sussex County Council 

What parents and carers need to know about school avoidance