School Logo

Welcome to

Our Lady & St. Gerard's

R.C. Primary School

Placing God in our hearts we will love, live and learn.

Contact Us

Contact Details

Attendance and Punctuality

Reporting Absences


We require all parents to report their child's absence before the beginning of the school day by phone or email.  If your child is absent and no contact has been made with school the office will make first response calls to find out the reason for absence. If we are unable to make contact with the first contact name we will ring all contacts and if necessary carry out a home visit.


During Covid it is important for you to state the exact reason for absence so we can monitor children with potential Covid symptoms.

Attendance Policy

School Times (Usual operating times outside of Covid)



8.45am - 11.45am (morning session)

12.25pm - 3.25pm (afternoon session)


Foundation & Key Stage 1:

Start 8.55am

Lunch 11.45am - 12.55pm

Finish 3.15pm


Key Stage 2:

Start 8.55am

Lunch 12.00-12.55pm

Finish 3.15pm


Attendance Matters


In order to encourage excellent attendance we present a trophy to the class which has the best attendance and punctuality each week.  


If your child’s attendance is below 90% our family support worker will contact you to offer support and guidance and we hope that by working in partnership we can improve your child's attendance.  If your child's attendance or punctuality continues to be a problem the school may have to consider a referral to external agencies such as the Local Authority Pupil Attendance Support Team.   Please remember that if your child's attendance is persistently low (below 90%) then they may be deemed to be a persistent absentee.


As part of our school policy, if a child is absent and there has been no communication from parents then we may conduct a home visit to find out why your child is missing from school. 

Thank you so much for all your support in encouraging excellent attendance.


Leave of Absence

We understand that there are occasions when your may have to request leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.  Unfortunately, the headteacher must ensure that the circumstances are exceptional and proof of the reasons may be requested.  All requests for leave of absence must be submitted on the form below along with supporting evidence.  It is highly unlikely that leave will be granted for family holidays.  Any leave that is not authorised may result in a penalty notice or fine being issued by the Local Authority. Please submit the form as soon as possible.