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Attendance, Behaviour and Support

Attendance and Punctuality

It is very important that the children establish good habits of punctuality and school attendance. Parents are asked to contact the school on the first day of an absence and then to confirm in writing the reason for a child being absent. Parents are urged wherever possible to take their family holidays in the school holiday periods as any interruption to the children’s schooling affects their education. Children in Years 2 and 6 have National Assessments during May and should not be kept away from school unless they are unwell.


We are required to report to the local authority cases of unauthorised absence or unexplained lateness. In certain extreme cases legal action may have to be taken.

Welfare and Attendance Officer


At the school we have a Welfare and Attendance Officer who works closely with Mrs Prentice, Mrs Daly (our school Pastoral Lead) and school staff to identify families and students who may need support to achieve good attendance. We work with families and students and offer them guidance to help them raise their attendance. The Welfare Officer can offer confidential home visits to further support and problem solve.


Their role, together with the school is to support you and ensure your child achieves good attendance, which in turn will help them achieve their full potential. Good attendance is so important for good attainment. We have an attendance policy that sets out how we promote good attendance, which is listed below.



Steph Musselwhite


My name is Steph and I am the Attendance and Welfare Officer at St Marychurch C of E Primary school.


I monitor and track all attendance regularly, in particular when it gets below 95%. If I notice that attendance has continued to drop then you may hear from me. It’s nothing to worry about but instead it’s an opportunity to talk to me about whether there is anything the school can do to support you and or anything we should know about that might be affecting your child.

Good attendance from the youngest age ensures positive outcomes for children in their learning and friendships. Where possible we expect all children to attend school on time every day to maximise their learning.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions about your own child’s attendance. The attendance policy for St Marychurch C of E Primary school can be found on the school website – this goes into more detail about the schools expectations for holidays in term time, unauthorised absences and government guidelines.

Family Support Worker





Hi my name is Rachel Ripley, I work for South West Family Values and now also part of the team at St Marychurch C of E Primary School as your Family Support Worker.

I’ve been working with families and children for many years, in both Torbay and Devon in a variety of different settings, including both voluntary and statutory.

I worked for several years within Children’s Services as part of the Early Intervention Team, and most recently as a Family Practitioner at a Trauma Informed school. I have extensive knowledge around multi-disciplinary working and will always seek out the most appropriate support available.

I have a lot of experience in co-ordinating the efforts of different agencies and professionals to ensure the right outcomes for your children and family.

I’ve always been told that I’m very approachable, a good listener and easy to talk to. My nature of being sensitive and supportive is vital whilst working with children, parents/ carers, who are often having to manage complex and emotional difficulties in their everyday life.

I’m a parent myself and so am fully aware that it can be the hardest job in the world!

Don’t ever be afraid to ask for support for yourself or your child.

I look forward to working together.

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Behaviour Expectations


School Culture


As we seek to nourish and fulfil our pupils, we acknowledge that the establishment of a high performance culture must always strike a balance between levels of challenge, expectation and support. We use four ‘R’s as a framework to facilitate this, in order to minimise the risk of the pursuit of excellence resulting in an increase of unwanted behaviour:

  • Rights and responsibilities – ensuring that these are respected and enacted fully, especially with regards to learning and safety (See appendix 7)
  • Rules – absolute clarity about what is expected throughout the school, framed in a positive set of language all pupils can understand and apply
  • Routines – those aspects of the running of the school which promote orderliness, boundaries and structures, and which are upheld by all staff at all times
  • Relationships – exceptionally strong and supportive working partnerships between staff, children and parents, with all pupils having at least one member of staff who knows them very well

School Motto

Love. Joy. Peace. Kindness

Mission Statement

"Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the lord your god will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

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