St Mary's C of E

Primary School


Emergency School Closures

Emergency school closures will be communicated to parents and carers via the school text system as soon as possible, information on school closures due to snow and severe weather can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website via the following link:

Absence Information

You will need to complete a Leave of Absence Request Form which is also available from the school office. For children aged 5 years and over absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Good attendance supports a good education and we would urge you to consider the impact of missed curriculum before requesting leave of absence from school.

The School Day

We operate a 'soft start' to the day. All entrances are opened 08.40 enabling children to arrive and move independently into their classroom over a staggered ten minute period. We expect all children to be 'ready for learning' by 08.55 am

School day begins

8.55 a.m.  (Doors open 8.40 a.m.)

School day ends

3.20 p.m.

Lunchtime (Key stage 1)

12.00 p.m. – 1.15 p.m.

Lunchtime (Key stage 2)

12.15 p.m. – 1.15 p.m.


10.40 a.m. – 10.55 a.m.

Late Arrivals

Please ensure pupils are in their class rooms by 8.55am for registration.
Any late children must be signed in at the school office, persistent lateness will result in unauthorised absences.

Changes in collecting your child

Please write a note for your child to bring in to school detailing pick-up arrangements. You can also ring the school office before by 2.30pm to inform us of pick-up arrangements. If you have a regular arrangement, you may wish to notify the school in writing to save having to ring up on every occasion.


If your child has been prescribed antibiotics by a doctor we are happy to administer this during the school day. You will need to fill in the necessary Medical Form which is also available from the school office.

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions


Your child can only return to school 48 hours after he/she was last sick.
Please contact the school as soon as possible to inform us that your child is not well.


We use Schoolcomms to send information home via text and email.
Any parents wishing to receive messages via email or text, please contact the school office.

Parent Consultations

We use a computerised booking system for parents to book appointments for parent consultations, which are held twice a year, in October and March. Please use this link for details of how to access the system.

School Meals

Well-balanced and nutritional school lunches are cooked on the premises and give a choice of main course, vegetables and dessert. Hot and cold meals are prepared each day.  Children may bring a packed lunch if they prefer.  Many children who choose to bring a packed lunch like to have a school meal on a Friday.

Free School Meals

For more Information for parents and carers on free school meals click here.