St Elizabeth Catholic School


A good education gives a child the best possible start in life. We must ensure that all our pupils have an equal chance to make good use of the education that the school offers by providing a positive and encouraging atmosphere. To achieve this it is important that each child attends school regularly and punctually. When a child does not attend school regularly and on time they will have difficulty keeping up with their work and will therefore underachieve.

The school recognises that parents have a vital role to play in supporting and encouraging good attendance and punctuality. By accepting responsibility in partnership with the school, we can work together to ensure the children’s right to a full education, as well as enabling parents to fulfil their legal responsibility.

It is very important for all children to attend school every day and to arrive on time.
• School starts promptly at 8.45am and they should arrive in good time for when the bell goes. This is essential to ensure that children benefit fully from classroom learning and that other children’s learning is not disrupted. We therefore have a strict punctuality procedure.
• When a child arrives after 9.00am the parent/carer is required to wait with their child until the next break in learning. They will also have a meeting with a member of the Family Support Worker or a member of the Senior Leadership Team to help them with strategies to prevent lateness from occurring.

To help with punctuality, there is a breakfast club in the KS2 Hall from 7.45am. In addition, the playground opens at 8.45am and parents/carers are welcome to bring their children and either wait with them or leave them to be supervised by staff from this time.
There is also a Mini-Breakfast club for Nursery to Y1 pupils in the Community House.

Not only does lateness make a bad start to the day, arrival after 9.30am is considered half a day’s absence. All lateness/attendance is recorded and monitored by the school and the Education Welfare Officer.
Usually, the only acceptable reason for a pupil to miss a day of school is if they are too ill to attend. If this is the case, you should ring the school office by 8.30am and send in a note with your child on their first day back. If you are not sure in the morning whether your child is well enough for school, we suggest you send them in. We can always call you if they become too ill to get through the day.

Authorisation for absence will not be given for outings, shopping trips or family visits. Holidays should be taken during the school breaks and not during term time. In exceptional circumstances permission may be sought from the Headteacher and every case will be treated individually.

Medical appointments should be made out of school hours if at all possible. If your child has to see a doctor or dentist in school time they should attend school for as much of the day as possible. It is not permitted to take a whole day off school for a medical appointment unless the appointment lasts all day.

St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School has adopted the Tower Hamlets policy regarding holidays in term time. This means we will not authorise any holidays during school time. This could mean that should you decide to take your child on holiday during term time they could lose their school place. You could also be fined as we have adopted the Tower Hamlets Penalty Notice Scheme. Please see the policies below for more information.

Parent Information: Attendance booklet click here

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