Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.


A child should not be kept away from school for reasons other than illness.  It is a legal requirement that the school should be informed of any absence.  Please telephone the school between 8.15am and 9.45am if your child is absent for any reason.  On the child’s return, a letter should be given or sent to the teacher to justify the absence.  If you need to collect your child during the day for a dental, doctors, appointment etc; you will be asked to sign in a book to indicate you have taken your child out of school and on return sign to indicate they are back in school.

Holidays should be taken outside of term time and a list of holiday dates is given at the beginning of the academic year.  View our term dates here.  We do not encourage children to take holidays during term time as this could adversely affect the continuity of their education.  However, if because of reasons beyond your control this is necessary, it is important that you notify the Headteacher. If you require a leave of absence form please download and complete our Leave of Absence Form.

Attendance Policy

Supporting Evidence of Absence

Punctuality Information for Parents

Education Penalty Notices

Times of school

School commences at 8.50am.  Children should be in the playground by 8.45am, but not before 8.30am.  The school gates will remain locked until 8.30am

Children may come into the school playground at 8.30am but they will not be supervised by a member of staff until 8.45am.

Lunch break is from 12noon to 1.05pm Children who go home for lunch should not return before 1.00pm, unless required for rehearsals or clubs, all of which usually begin at 12.30pm.

Children will normally leave school at 3.35pm.  Please be punctual when collecting your child as there is no supervision after 3.35pm.

If you are bringing your child to school by car please park considerately and do not park on the zig-zag lines outside the children’s entrance gate.