St Mary's Church of England Primary School




The school values the assistance given by parents, carers and volunteers helping in the classroom with a range of curriculum areas. These may include reading and mathematics workshops, small group work, cooking, art & craft activities, swimming and sporting activities.


We take safeguarding seriously and as such parents and carers help will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and adhere to the Trust policy for Volunteers. This complies with legal requirements to ensure the safety of children. The DBS check can be completed through the school office.




Do you qualify to claim for free school meals? If you are not sure please telephone 0116 305 6588 as applications can now be done over the telephone. Alternatively, pop and see a member of the office staff.

Your child does not need to take a hot dinner every day to qualify for free school meals.

However, if your child is registered on our list for free school meals they may also be entitled to a reduction in costs for school trips, swimming, additional learning opportunities etc.




The school needs to know the reason for a child’s absence. Parents and carers are requested to inform the school as follows:


Notification of absence by telephone message or letter before 9:15 am on the first day of absence. This includes notification of absence due to medical or dental appointments. We will also need to know if your child will be arriving in time for lunch and if a school meal is required. 

For fire safety purposes, we ask that you sign your chid in on arrival and out on collection.


All unexplained absence is classified as unauthorised.




Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive full time suitable education. All leave of absence requests for holidays during term time will be refused unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means absence due to holidays will be classed as unatuhorised; parents and carers may be referred to the Local Authority to instigate fixed penalty fines.


The rigour of National Curriculum means that time lost and work missed during such holidays is difficult to make up. It is not the policy of the school to provide the children with work to take with them while absent on holiday.




The school writes regular newsletters to keep parents and carers informed of school activities and items of interest. These will be emailed to parents or a paper copy given to the eldest child if this is not an option.


Parents and cares are advised to routinely check reading bags for letters, notes and leaflets so as to avoid any child missing out on an event or activity.


The school will regularly provide information and opportunities for parents to assist their child’s learning through newsletters, on-line updates and various meetings. Information will also appear on this website.


Each term, parents and carers are invited to attend an interview with their child’s teacher to discuss progress at school. At the end of the Summer Term each child receives a detailed annual report.


Where relevant, for children requiring additional educational support,  parents and carers will be invited to a meeting to discuss how best we can help to ensure that their child continues to make progress.