St.Stephen's School


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At St Stephen’s we believe that good attendance is key to good attainment. Therefore, we encourage children to attend school every day unless they are not well enough. Extended holidays are not encouraged and will not be permitted if your child’s attendance is below the annual school target of 98%. We track attendance on a monthly basis and parents are notified if their child’s attendance drops below our monthly target figures. Should your child’s attendance drop below 90% for no acceptable reason or you take an extended holiday that has not been agreed by the school, you will be subject to a fine by the local authority. We thank you for your support on this matter.

If he/she is absent through illness please inform the school office before 9am.

All absences must be explained by the parent/guardian by phoning the school on the day of absence or by letter.


Leave Arrangements

At St Stephens we believe that it is of utmost importance that you child attends school every day. In exceptional circumstances, parents may request leave by completing a Leave Request Form.  If your child has unauthorised leave which lasts more than 2 weeks you may find that your child is taken off the school roll and you will have to re-apply for a place within the local authority. Our policy states that no leave will be authorised for children in Year 6. The local authority will issue penalty notice and fines where appropriate.



The school gates open at 8.30am and the school day begins at 8:55 am. It is important that your child arrives at school on time to avoid any disruption to lessons.

Good punctuality is essential for children to achieve their full educational potential.  It is also vital to form good habits for later life. 

We would ask parents to support us in maintaining good punctuality by:

  • Ensuring that their children get up in plenty of time to be ready and prepared for school. 
  • Ensuring their child has organised their bag and equipment the night before so that this does not delay departure in the morning.
  • Discussing any issues of lateness with staff to ensure this does not become a habit


Times of the School day

8:55am - School starts

11:30am to 12:25pm – Reception and Years 1 and 2 Lunchtime

12:30pm to 1:25pm - Years 3,4,5 and 6 Lunchtime

3:15 pm - School finishes

Extra-Curricular clubs finish at 4:15pm

The school offers wraparound care from 7.45am-8.30am and 3.15pm-5.45pm