Attendance

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and on time. This is a legal requirement.

Absence from school

Children must attend school unless it is absolutely unavoidable. If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office between 8:00 and 8:40am. If we do not receive notification we will contact you to confirm the absence. A written letter must be sent to school on the child’s return. Parents should be aware that absence is authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher and that an absence note, in itself, does not authorise an absence. Absence may be authorised for the following reasons:

  • Medical, either through illness, dental or hospital appointments etc.
  • Religious observance by a religious body to which the child’s parents belong.
  • Exclusion by the school.

If an absence does not fit into any of the above categories it will be registered as unauthorised. The school does not support holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances e.g. religious reasons. All parents requesting a holiday form must make an appointment to see the Headteacher first.

Lateness

We expect children to arrive at school between 8:40 and 8:50 with children settled and ready to learn by 8:50. It is very important that the children arrive to school on time so that:

  1. They take part in all of the learning opportunities for the day with complete focus and without interruption from late arrivals.
  2. Teachers can teach the best possible lessons without complete focus and without interruption from late arrivals.

Home dinner arrangements

Please note the procedure for children going home at lunchtime:

  • We require a brief note addressed to the class teacher, stating that your child will be having a home dinner and who will be collecting them.
  • Whoever is collecting the child for home dinner needs to report to and collect the child from the school office (not the classroom or classroom exits).
  • If any child in Years 3 – 6 has your permission to walk home by themselves the child will need to have your written permission in the note you send to the teacher, and sign in and out at the office in the Pupil Lunchtime Book.

Family holidays

Family holidays are not permitted during term time unless in exceptional circumstances. As a school we follow the government’s guidance on family holidays, a copy of which can be obtained from the school office. If you have any queries about the exceptional circumstances please make an appointment to see the Headteacher.