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Attendance & Punctuality (Times of the School Day)

Attendance

Your child must attend school every day, other than at weekends or on school holidays and other closures. There are 190 school days in a year and 175 non-school days in the year.  These are linked here for your convenience:

The school's attendance policy can be found on the policy page under the key information menu

Absence

You must inform the school if your child will be absent from school.  The school has a legal obligation to contact you/ your other contacts/ visit your home address/ contact other relevant agencies and authorities if it does not know the reason that a child is absent.  This is to comply with safeguarding laws.  Please call the school and leave a message or email - even if it is in the middle of the night so that we do not need to chase and unduly disturb you if your child does not attend.

 

You must only book holidays when school is closed, otherwise the access and attendance department of the local authority may fine you or refer the matter to other agencies.  If you have exceptional reasons for needing to take your child out of school (such as a medical appointment or family emergency) you should contact the head teacher who will review the matter on a case by case basis.

Punctuality

Your child must attend on time.  Pupils who are not in school on time will be assumed absent and will start our absence procedures.  Please contact the school if you are going to be late for any reason, in order to avoid this.  The times of the school day are listed here for your convenience:

 ReceptionYear 1Year 2
Morning Session09:10/09:20* - 12:0008:55/09:05* - 12:0008:40/08:50* - 11:30
Lunch Period12:00 - 13:0012:00 - 13:0011:30 - 12:30
Afternoon Session13:00 - 15:2513:00 - 15:1012:30 - 14:55

*Please note that if you are arriving outside of your child's class ten minute slot in the morning you will need to call the office to arrange a time to arrive whilst we try to maintain social distancing and reduce people on site during the covid19 pandemic restrictions.  Thank you

Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year? Lateness is just as serious as nonattendance and could also lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice. The start of the school day is an important time for children to develop their social skills with their peers, as well as preparing them for their learning.

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