'For with God Nothing Shall Be Impossible' (Luke 1:37) BELIEVING, LEARNING AND SHARING TOGETHER: The June ONLINE SAFETY newsletter is now ready to view in the Newsletter section. Year 6 will be swimming every afternoon for the next two weeks. Please make sure your child has their full swimming kit with them each day. If you are interested in a place in EYFS for September 2024, please call the school office on 01254 812581 as we only have two places left. Please can I remind parents that holiday leave in term time is not authorised. The approved holiday list for 2024-25 is now available to view in the parent - term dates section of the website.
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Mellor St Mary CE Primary School

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Attendance, Holidays and Term Dates

Moments Matter, Attendance Counts.

Good attendance at school is vital.

Our attendance target is set at 96% for every child - ideally all children should strive to achieve 100% attendance, however we appreciate that illness can lead to time away from school.


Persistent Absence is when a child misses 10% or more of their schooling (for any reason).  As a school we constantly monitor attendance and where concerns arise we will discuss these with you. Attendance reviews are completed each half term by the headteacher who then will send notice of attendance letters to those who have fallen below the 90% attendance marker. Meetings to discuss how to improve your child's attendance will be arrange accordingly. 


Holidays in term time. We all know that holidays and family time are extremely important and time away as a family is an integral part of everyones wellbeing. However, the DFE have clearly stated that holidays in term time are not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Even under these circumstances the minimum amount of time will be looked at as being acceptable.

Holiday request forms, which are obtained from the school office, need to be completed before booking a holiday and those who do take more than 5 days leave will proceed to a penalty notice which is paid to the LA - not school. 



Is My Child to ill for School?

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (


Always phone school on 01254 812581 and leave a message on our absence line if your child is unable to attend school.   


If your child is absent, and we have not heard from you, it is our policy to telephone to establish why your child is not in school.


Struggling to get your child into school?

If you are struggling to get your child into school, for whatever reason, please do contact us. 

We will do all we can to help support you.  We aim to work in partnership with you and may, if needed, be able to help engage other services to overcome any barriers.


Moments Matter, Attendance Counts - did you know that nationally in 2018/19, just 40% of persistently absent children in Key Stage 2 achieved expected standards, compared with 84% of pupils who were regular attenders.