St Mary's FieldsPrimary School

Ensuring that each child reaches their potential and develops an enthusiasm for lifelong learning


School Day, Absence from School and Assemblies




Foundation Stage Day

Foundation Stage 1 Part - Time sessions:

Morning session starts at 8.45am.    Finishes at 11.45am.

Afternoon session starts at 11:45.    Finishes at 3.00pm.

Full time session starts at 8.45am   Finishes at 3.00pm
Foundation Stage 2

8.40 - 8.45 a.m.     Children arrive at school. 

Register at 8.45 a.m. register closes at 8.55 a.m.    

Finishes at 3.15 p.m. 
Infant Day (Key Stage 1)

8.40 - 8.45 a.m.    Independent Tasks

Register at 8.45 a.m. register closes at 8.55 a.m.  

Finishes at 3.15 p.m. 
Junior Day (Key Stage 2)

8.40 - 8.45 a.m.    Independent Tasks

Register  at 8.45 a.m. register closes at 8.55 a.m.  

Finishes at 3.15 p.m.  

N.B. The school Gates will close at 3.25 p.m.

Please make sure that your child is on time for school. It is very important that your child arrives by 8.40 a.m. – please make an appointment to see the Headteacher if you have any problems.



Our registers are taken at 8:45 a.m. in the morning and registers close at  8.55 a.m. If your child arrives after 8.45 a.m. they need to be signed in at the school office and they will receive a late mark on the register. If your child arrives in school after 8.55a.m., after the registers have closed, they will receive a "U" code on the register which is an unauthorised monrning absence. Unauthorised absences are raised with the school's Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) can result in action being taken by the EWO. 
Please could parents who bring their children late to school go to the School Office so that your child can be marked present and, where appropriate, a school meal ordered.

Celebration Assemblies take place on Fridays and we will email parents to let them know if their child is receiving a celebration certificate on a Wednesday giving the time of the assembly. There are also other special assemblies such as Harvest and Diwali to which parents receive an invitation. Each class will perform a class assembly during the school year. An email/letter will inform you of when your child's assembly is. 

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please could you telephone the school before 9a.m. on each day of absence to confirm why your child is not at school. We have a system of computerised registers and if we do not have this information it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and will automatically be shown on your child’s report at the end of the year. If you do have any concerns, please arrange an appointment at the office to see Mrs Nott, our Headteacher.
Schools now have to keep statistics on reasons for absence and publish them, so it is essential that you let us know for our records. We have a visit each month by our Educational Welfare Officer, who helps the school to monitor lateness and absences.


Here is a guide about when to keep your child off school with and infectious illness 
Please take family holidays in the school holiday. Please remember that you should not expect the school to agree a family holiday during term time. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to find a leave of absence request form.


If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a Penalty Notice or, your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates' Court.  

For unauthorised absence from August 2024, Penalty Notices will increase to £160 per parent per child (discounted to £80 if paid within 21 days).  If there is occasion to issue a second Penalty Notice for unauthorised leave of absence within a rolling 3 year period, it will be issued at the higher rate of £160 per parent per child, with no opportunity to pay at the lower level.  A Penalty Notice cannot be issued if there is a third occasion of unauthorised leave of absence in the rolling 3 year period and it is highly likely that the local authority will take direct prosecution action in the Magistrates’ Court which can result in you receiving a criminal conviction.  Please also be aware that any cases of extended periods of unauthorised absence, linked to holidays or trips away, are highly likely to result in prosecution action by the local authority.


If your child has unauthorised leave of absence prior to the end of the summer term in 2024, you will either be issued with a Penalty Notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days), or, your case will be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates’ Court.





Mondays - Years 3-6 have their Votes for schools assemblies at 9am 

Tuesdays - Years 1-2 have their Votes for schools assembly

Wednesday is the Singing or Special Events Assembly for all year groups

Friday  is Celebration Assembly for all year groups but separated into two assemblies. This is led by the Head, Deputy or a Phase Leader.   9am - Year 5/6, Year 3/4, 2.40pm -EYFS/Year 1/2 (KS1)


On a Wednesday there is a Singing assemblies on the weeks when there is not a class assembly. This is led by staff members in the phase. Each class will produce 1 class assembly a year. Class assemblies will be held at 9am.

When there is a singing assembly the times will be: Key Stage 2, 9.15 am, Key Stage1, 2.30pm