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St Theresa's RC Primary School

Our School Day 

School opens at 8:50am and closes at 3:20pm each day. This is in line with Government expectations that schools should offer a 32.5 hour week from Sept 2023.

Morning: 8:50am - 11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch Break: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Afternoon: 12:45pm - 3:20pm

Morning: 8:50am - 11:45am

Lunch: 11:45 - 12:15pm

Lunch Break: 12:15pm - 12:45pm

Afternoon: 12:45pm - 3:20pm

Key Stage 1
Morning: 8:50am - 12:00pm
Mid-morning break: 11:00am - 11:15am
Lunch: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Afternoon: 12:45pm - 3:20pm
Lower Key Stage 2
Morning: 8:50am - 12:15pm
Mid-morning break: 11:00am - 11:15am
Lunch: 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm - 3:20pm
Upper Key Stage 2
Morning: 8:50am - 12:15pm
Mid-morning break: 11:00am - 11:15am
Lunch: 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm - 3:20pm
Assemblies and Collective Worship
Liturgical assembly takes place on a Monday at 9:00am.

Class assemblies based on the 'statement to live by' take place every Tuesday at some point throughout the school day.

Whole school broadcast led by the Pupil Chaplains takes place on a Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:00am

Whole school celebration assembly takes place on a Friday at 9:00am. 

What do you do if your child is late, ill or has an appointment?

Our school day starts at 8:50am. Registers close at 9:00am. In accordance with legal regulations, if a child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have a late mark recorded. Children not on site will receive an unauthorised absence mark.


Children who arrive late should enter through the main school reception where tmust be signed in by their parent/guardian. 



If your child is ill, you must telephone or email the school on the first day of absence and each day following, leaving a message on the answerphone to say your child is absent.  School will then consider if the absence is authorised in line with the School Attendance Policy. School Attendance Policy procedures will be initiated when a child is absent and no contact has been made. 


Where possible appointments should always be made outside of school hours. Children who need to leave the school during the school day for an appointment must be collected from the main entrance by a responsible adult. Evidence of the appointment must be presented to the office staff prior to the day. 


Absence and Holidays During Term Time
Parents are advised that it is against the law to take family holidays in term time.  Penalty Notice Fines are issued where family holidays are taken in school time. The Headteacher can, in exceptional circumstances, authorise absence from school but this does not apply to family holidays taken in term time or family weddings abroad. Parents/carers are also asked to arrange medical/dental appointments outside school hours wherever possible. Holidays requested at the beginning of any new term or during SATs periods can not be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £60 will be issued to each parent in accordance with the Education Act 1996 which empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices to parents/carers.

Attendance and Punctuality Awards

We have individual and class rewards and prizes to encourage good attendance and punctuality. We also post Attendance Awards on the weekly newsletter. The classes enjoy competing with each other to achieve the best attendance and punctuality records at the end of each week in the Celebration Assembly. 

Attendance Records Monitoring

The school will monitor the attendance of any child where there is a concern. Whilst the Headteacher and the School Attendance Officer, Mrs E. Cummings, wish to work closely with families to support good attendance, the Headteacher has a duty to each child to ensure that they attend regularly to access education. Our aim is to work with parents to remove any barriers to attendance identified. Regular attendance is a key feature of any child’s continued progress.

Our LEA attendance officer, Mr T. Ali works closely alongside the School Attendance Officer. Panel meetings are organised in school and home visits made as required to monitor and improve attendance.  This Service also issues fixed penalty fines for intermittent or prolonged non-attendance without good reason, or for persistent lateness and Fast Track to attendance procedures.