St Michael's Church of England Primary School

Enabling every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God.

Our one
school rule is Respect

Our school


Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child is in school every day and arrives on time.


We are passionate in our belief that children should arrive on time every day to start school in a calm and settled manner. Lateness is unsettling for your child and disruptive for the class. The children must be brought directly to the office by an adult to give the reason for lateness, get a registration mark and be marked in for a dinner.

Collection at the end of the school day

Prompt collection of your child after school is vital. If you are delayed by an emergency, you must telephone the school so that we can reassure your child. Children in Years 5 and 6 may come to school and leave without being accompanied, if you so wish, but the school must be informed of this arrangement in writing. If you make arrangements for someone else to collect your child, you should let her/his teacher know. Younger children should not be brought to school by their older siblings and will not be allowed to go home alone with them. If a child needs to go home during the school day they must be collected by an adult, regardless of year group.


If a child is absent, please inform the school on the first day of absence by 9.30 am with a reason for absence. The telephone must then be followed up by a letter explaining your child’s absence when they return to school. We consider absences to be authorised if your child is sick, however, absences for reasons such as birthdays or shopping trips will be recorded as unauthorised. If your child has a medical appointment, please provide the school with a copy of the appointment card/letter for our records.

The school keeps a record of absences and these are included in your child’s report. Unauthorised absence and persistent lateness is reported to the Local Authority’s Attendance and Welfare Officer. If your child has an infectious disease, please let us know as soon as it has been confirmed. Some diseases are notifiable and we must report them to the Health Protection Agency. We will also inform other parents and they can check for symptoms. After a stomach upset or vomiting, children should be kept at home for 24 hours to avoid a recurrence at school and possibly infecting other children. Likewise, if your child has a temperature, they should be kept at home. If you discover your child has headlice, please keep them at home until you have treated them. The school should be notified so that we may inform other parents.


Parents are not permitted to arrange holidays during term time, as it disrupts your child’s learning. Children attend school for only 190 days a year and the rest of the year is available for holidays. In exceptional circumstances the headteacher may authorise a limited absence for attendance at funerals and the like.

If a child is absent for more than 10 days without authorisation the child’s name may be removed from the register and their place offered to another child.


There was a change in the law regarding holidays and absences from school during term time which came into effect on 1st September 2013. Please see the letter accompanying the school bulletin of 19th July 2013 detailing the changes - click here to view.

Requests for absence during term time

To request permission to take a child out of school during term time please download the Request to Withdraw a Child from Learning Form (see below), complete the relevant sections and hand it in to the school office or send it to the school.

Click here to download the Request Form (pdf)

Term Dates

Details of the school term dates and holidays can be seen by clicking on the relevant year below:

School year September 2017-August 2018

School year September 2018-August 2019

Last Updated 01.18 By RG/SWD
Southwark Diocese

St Michael's Church of England Primary School, Champion Road, Sydenham. SE26 4HH

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