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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance at school is really important. It ensures that all children make progress and achieve their potential. Please support the school with this by ensuring your child arrives punctually at the start of each school day and that family holidays are kept to school holidays.

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.50am and we expect all pupils to be in school at this time. 

What do you if your child is late, ill or has an appointment?

Registers are marked by 8.50am and all students will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. At 9.30am the registers will be closed. In accordance with legal regulations, if a child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. 

Children who are late should come to the main school office where they will need to be signed in by the adult bringing them to school. They must be brought to the school office by an accompanying adult who will be asked to complete the late register. 

If your child is ill, please telephone or email the school as soon as possible and send an absence note when your child returns to school. These absences will be recorded as Authorised. Once the registers have closed office staff will look at the absences and if we do not have a reason we will contact the parent.

Children who need to leave the school during the school day for a medical/dental appointment must be collected from the main entrance by a responsible adult.  Parents/carers must show the appointment card to a member of staff.

Absence and Holidays During Term Time

Requests for pupil leave of absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. Please find more details in our ‘Attendance Policy’ document on the policies page. Holidays cannot be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £120 can be issued.

Attendance and Punctuality Awards

We like to recognise good attendance and punctuality and do this via our regular Attendance Bulletins in our newsletters. The classes battle it out to achieve the best attendance and punctuality each week.

Attendance Records Monitoring

Regular attendance and punctuality are very important and we are required to keep detailed records of all aspects of attendance. The Education Welfare Officer checks our attendance records regularly. If there is cause for concern, he/she may make a home visit or invite you into school to discuss the matter. 

For more information regarding attendance and term time holidays please refer to our Attendance Policy, available here