Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and Absences
It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child attends school each day and is on time. Persistent absence and lateness will affect a child’s progress in school. If your child is absent from school you must inform the school, preferably by telephone or by letter, giving a reason for the absence.
Absences once reported are either authorised or unauthorised by the school.
Authorised absences would include time off for religious observance, medical appointments and genuine illness. Please note that the school has the right to ask for proof of medical appointments and confirmation from a medical professional if a child’s level of absence is above that expected for a usually healthy child.
Unauthorised absences would include time off for birthday treats, family days out, holidays etc. Each time there is an unauthorised absence, a letter is sent to the parent from the school and the Educational Welfare Officer is informed. A record is kept of each child’s attendance.
- First Day Response
The school operates a First Day Response System. If a child is absent from school and no reason has been given, the parent will be contacted. The system is aimed to ensure that if a child has left home but has failed to arrive at school for whatever reason then parents, and if necessary, the Emergency Services can be alerted swiftly. Parents are urged to be proactive in reporting absence from school so that office staff can pursue unexplained absences as a priority as the safety of a child may be at risk.
- Holidays & Leave of Absence
There is no legal entitlement to holidays or leave of absence during term time.
A leave of absence can now only be authorized in exceptional circumstances. Holidays are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances and therefore will not be authorised. If a parent wishes to request a Leave of Absence then a formal request must be made in writing stating the dates of the absence and giving details of the exceptional circumstances which they feel warrant the request. A form for this purpose is available from the school office and any requests must be made in advance of the absence.
Being on time is crucial since school work starts immediately. Children who arrive late can feel embarrassed, left out and miss out on important introductions to lessons. The late arrival of children also disrupts the learning of others. If parents experience difficulties in getting to school on time please make an appointment to speak to a member of staff about it as we might be able to help.
The School Day
Part-time Reception: 8.50am to 11.50am to
Full-time Reception and Year 1 to
Year 6 pupils: 8.50 am to 3.05 pm