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Welcome to a new year at St Luke's C E Primary School. We are very excited to welcome our new Reception Children and their families to St Luke's. If you are the parent of a child starting school in September 2022 please telephone the Infant office to book a tour of the school. If you have any queries please call Teresa at the Infant Site/Alison or Wendy at the Junior Site.


Time away from school

The law states that parents and carers have a duty to ensure their children received a suitable education and do not have the automatic right to take their children out of school.  From September 2013 the Government  has said schools will not be able to authorise any holiday in term time.  The Local Authority can issue Penalty Notices or institute legal proceedings if parents or carers do not co-operate in ensuring their child's attendance at school.

All absences from school must be requested on the appropriate form held in the school office.  This includes absences for medical appointments, including hospital and counselling appointments.  In addition, parents and carers will need to bring any letter or documentation detailing the absence to the school office so the school can take a copy.  For example, a letter from the hospital. 

The law requires us to regard any absence or lateness for which we do not have a reasonable explanation and evidence where it exists to be recorded as 'unauthorised' holidays. 


School absence can very quickly add up to lost learning time.

The following table indicates the number of school days lost at different attendance levels:

Attendance level

Number of school days lost

Impact on pupil

96% or above

Less than 10 days absence a year

96% or above Less than 10 days absence a year These pupils benefit from strong overall attendance and are well placed to make good progress at school.


19 days absence a year

Pupils in this group are missing a month of school per year; it will be difficult for them to achieve their best.


29 days absence a year

Pupils in this group are missing six weeks of school per year and their progress will be significantly hindered. Absence below 90% is seen as persistent absenteeism.


38 days absence a year

Attendance at this level is the same as missing a full year of school every five years.


Emergency School Closures

During the day

In extreme circumstances (for example severe weather or failure of the heating system) it may be necessary to close the school early.  If this should happen, we will contact parents initially via ParentMail.  We will follow this up with individual phone calls depending on the nature of the closure.  It is essential that we have contact details for all our families including friends/extended family should parents be unable to come into school. 


Before the School Day starts

In the event of severe weather meaning that the school cannot open in the morning, we will send parents a ParentMail text and post a message on our website and school Facebook page.  We will also put out a message on local radio.  If parents do not receive a message before 8am then the school is safe to open and children should come in. One of the considerations the school has when making a decision not to open is the safety of staff travelling in from outside the local area and the impact travel difficulties for them may have on the pupil to staff ratio.  We will always do our best to ensure the school is open in the event of weather disruption.