St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Inspiring children to achieve their personal best


Children’s regular attendance at school is important and has an impact on their learning.  Research has proved that pupils who do not regularly attend school are more likely to fall short of achieving their full academic potential. We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Children are expected to arrive promptly to begin learning.

8.40am – children's surname begins with letters A to F - at the front gates
8.45am – children's surname begins with letters G to O - at the front gates
8.50am – children's surname begins with letters P to Z - at the front gates
3.10pm – Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 - the front gates
3.15pm - Year 3 and Year 4 - the front gates
3.15pm – Year 5 and Year 6 - the car park gates


What to do if my child is not able to attend school


  • When a child is absent, parents/carers need to contact the school with specific reasons: 01206 210638
  • Medical/dental appointments should be booked outside of the school day. Where this is not possible, a Notification of Medical Appointment form must be completed (see below). We will require evidence to support this form (e.g. appointment card, hospital letter etc.).
  • There is no entitlement for parents to take their child out of school during term time. However, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.  You will need to complete a Leave of Absence form (which can be downloaded below).


Initial contact and monitoring will be made with parents if attendance falls below 94%Persistent absence is when a child’s attendance falls below 90% and this will be followed up by the school and/or the Local Authority. 



Managing Attendance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following information is taken from the NHS website:

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • Inform the school via
  • Click here to get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible. A lateral flow test is not sufficient to check for COVID-19 if your child has symptoms. 
  • Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test results - they can only leave the home to have the test. Click here to check if anyone else your child lives with needs to self-isolate.