At St. Michael’s on the Mount C of E (VC) Primary School, we believe excellent school attendance is essential for your child to grow, develop & thrive. We work hard to promote attendance & punctuality and to ensure our children are in school.  Our school target for attendance is 97%

Attendance – start and end of the school day procedure – updated Apr 2019 Please click on this link for information regarding our start and end of the day procedures;  absence from school; what to do if you are late arriving to school and information regarding medical appointments during school time.



School attendance from 5 years old is a legal requirement.

To safeguard the children in our school, we have a duty of care to follow up every unknown absence(s). We are sure you agree, your child’s safety is paramount.

If your child is not going to be in school, please telephone the school office: 0117 903 0434 and leave a voicemail. Alternatively, the preferred method of informing us of absence is via email to:   In the subject line, please type: Absence & your child’s name & class.

If  we have not heard from you, we will text you to prompt a reply.  Please reply ASAP after receiving a text message from us. Failure to reply may result in us taking the exceptional step to report your child as missing.  This procedure will ensure we know where your child is and is safe.  Similarly, if your child is absent with a prolonged illness, we may,  or the EWO may make a home visit as part of our duty of care to your child.



All requests for term time absence should be made in writing using the Leave of Absence form (below) and should be made in advance.  Please email completed forms to   Term time holidays will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Unauthorised absences of 8 or more sessions could result in a Penalty Notice.  This is currently £60 per child, per parent if paid within 21 days.  If paid after 21 days, this rises to £120 per child, per parent.  You have up to 28 days from receipt to pay the Penalty Notice in full.

If full payment is not received within this time the local authority is required under the Act to commence proceedings in the Magistrates Court for the original offence of  unauthorised absence by your child.  If proven this can result in fines of up to  £1,000 and/or a range of disposals such as Parenting Orders or Community Sentences.  If found guilty, the parent will have a criminal record.

Further information can be found on the leaflet below.

PN leaflet updated 2018  – All the updated information regarding Penalty Notices

Leave of Absence Form – updated Sep 2019 the leave of Absence Form is in Word version, which simply means you are able to complete the form electronically and email the completed form directly to the school office:

attendance leaflet oct 18