St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

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School Attendance Advice Hub launched

Knowsley Council’s School Attendance Service has launched a new Advice Hub to offer guidance to parents and carers. With the new academic year beginning in September parents and carers will be able to discuss any concerns around attendance with the dedicated Advice Hub team.
With many children not stepping into a classroom for over five months, parents and carers may worry about how daunting this may be for their child, but help and support is only a phone call away.
Where necessary the team are also able to signpost parents and carers to other agencies to advise on a specific issue such as Knowsley Early Help and Kooth.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We understand that parents and carers will possibly need advice and support in relation to their child returning to school over the coming weeks and months. The Advice Hub team are available to offer you friendly advice and support at a time when you need it the most. It is always advisable to try and get support or advice if you have any concerns at the earliest opportunity, rather than let them escalate.”

You can contact the Knowsley School Attendance Service Advice Hub on 0151 443 5177. If you leave your name and contact details one of the team will get back to you within 24 hours to offer help and support.

You can find out more about the importance of good school attendance in Knowsley here.



Good attendance is vital for your child to enjoy school and make the very best progress they can. We monitor attendance very carefully in school and we will endeavour to do all we can to ensure that your child attends school each and every day.

Children are rewarded each term for 100% attendance with a certificate and a pin badge. Children's attendance which is above 96% receive a certificate. Each week, a class is rewarded with a class certificate for the best punctuality and attendance.

If your child is unwell, please telephone the school office to inform us of their absence from school and write a short note on their return.

Holidays in term time are not permitted, except in extremely rare circumstances. If you intend to take your child on a holiday in term time, please complete a form which is available from the school office. Unauthorised absences, which include most holidays, may result in a penalty notice and a fine.

If your child's attendance drops below 96%, you may receive a letter from us to highlight this to you. If you child's attendance drops below 90%, we may invite you an attendance panel to help and support you in improving your child's attendance. We work closely with our attendance officers, Joanne Lowry and Mike Hennessey. An attendance officer may visit you in school or in your home if concerns persist to discuss ways in which we can support you and your family.

Our Designated Attendance Leads are Mrs L.Maddocks and Mrs J.Harris.

Our Designated Attendance Governor is Mrs C.Kneale. 


Attendance Policy

Education Penalty Notice Information for Parents