Report An Absence

Contact Details

Skerton St Luke's CofE Primary School
Slyne Road


The School Office is open 8.30am-4.30pm each school day.

When calling school, the following options will be given:

Option 1 to report an absence.

Option 2 to speak to the main school office.

Option 3 to speak to Mrs Walling-Lewis, Learning Mentor.

Report an absence

Regular attendance is an essential prerequisite of effective schooling. If your child is absent for any reason, you are requested to inform school by 8:55am each day of absence. Parents/carers can either call school on 01524 65445 (select option 1) and leave a message alternatively complete the opposite absence form.   In any event, a written explanation is required and/or a Medical Advice Slip signed following any doctor's appointment on a child's return.   If a child is absent due to sickness or a stomach upset, they can return to school 48hrs after their last episode of illness.  St Luke’s attendance policy sets a target of 96%. This is an achievable target, and is surpassed by many children at St Luke’s.  For further information, please refer to our School Attendance Policy.

Leave of absence

Leave of absence for anything other than sickness/medical requires the parent to complete a Leave of Absence Form. Parents wishing to apply for their child to be granted leave from school should first request a meeting with the Headteacher, Mrs Armistead, to discuss and complete the necessary paperwork.   We suggest parents meet before any holiday is booked, so they can be made aware of the potential implications for unauthorised leave. Parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for holidays during term time, and may be issued with a Penalty Notice.

Medical appointments

Please try to make all medical appointments outside school hours. If, in exceptional circumstances, your child has to attend an appointment, please provide the school office with sight of the appointment card. If your child’s appointment is during school time, please endeavour to bring your child to school to get their mark in the register and return them to school as soon as possible.


It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.


I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.


Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.


The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6