The school sets targets for attendance and expects children to aim for 100% attendance to ensure they receive every opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Both attendance and punctuality are the legal responsibility of the parent. If a child is unwell, then certainly the best place for the child is at home but, apart from personal illness, children must attend school all day and every day. Missing school for any other reasons may well affect social and educational progress.

If a child is not in school, parents are required to phone the school before 9.00am to let us know the reason for their child’s absence. If we do not receive a phone call from a parent we will then attempt to contact the parent ourselves. We will do this for two reasons; firstly to make sure that the parent is aware that their child is not in school and secondly to enable us to officially record the absence. For safeguarding purposes, parents must telephone the school on every day of their child’s absence unless the school has been notified that the child will be definitely be absent for a specific period of time. If the school has not had a reasonable explanation for absence, a home visit may be carried out by a senior member of staff or a Havering Education Welfare Officer as part of our safeguarding procedures.

Schools do not have to agree to absence for a holiday. St Ursula's has decided to NOT authorise any requests for holidays in term time as this would impact on a child’s educational progress.

Parents who choose to take their child out of school during term time will each be issued with a £120 Education Penalty Notice Fine per child (reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days of issue date)

Routine Appointments

Routine appointments should be arranged out of school hours or during the 14 weeks of school holidays. Where an interruption to the school day is unavoidable, for example an urgent medical appointment, please arrange this for as late in the day as possible to avoid your child missing the essential learning skills which mainly take place in the morning sessions.


Attendance Policy 

Penalty Notice 

Session Times


Morning Session           8.50am – 12.00pm

Afternoon Session        12.50pm – 3.15pm


Morning Session           8.50am – 12.15pm

Afternoon Session        1.15pm – 3.15pm


Please find below useful information regarding your child's attendance

  • Your school nurse is available to meet with you in school and there are school drop in sessions detailed on the school calendar or Tel: 0300 300 1857 /
  • SPA :0300 300 1635  Generic SN E-mail:
    You can also contact NHS Direct on 111 or visit their website here.
  • Local pharmacy - see your local pharmacist for help and advice.
  • Information in the guide below entitled 'Should my child go to school today' is taken from the Health Protection Agency document 'Guidance in infection control in schools and other childcare settings' - April 2010.

Pupil Attendance

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