Attendance and Punctuality

A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

1.         When does my child need to be in School?

Doors open from 8.40. Children may come into school between 8.40 and  8.55.                                                                       

Your child should be at school for 8.55 am at which time the gate is locked, After 8.55 children will need to enter via the front door and will need to sign the late book.. The morning register will be called promptly at 8.55 am and the afternoon register at 1.15 pm.

 

2.         What happens if my child is late?

            Registration finishes at 9.00 am in the morning and 1.20pm in the afternoon.

 

            If you child arrives between 8.55am and 9.30 am he/she will be marked late

 

            If your child arrives after 9.30 am he/she will be marked as absent

 

            If your child arrives after 1.20 pm he/she will be marked late

 

            If your child arrives after 1.45 pm he/she will be marked absent

 

            Pupils who arrive after 8.55 am should report to the school office, and sign the Late Book.  If a pupil is late on two or more occasions a meeting will be arranged with a member of staff to discuss reasons/ difficulties for lateness.

 

3.         Does the School need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?

            Parents should telephone the school on the first day of absence.  If you do not phone us, we will phone you.  However, we need a written explanation on your child’s return to school

 

4.         What reasons will the school accept for absences?

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  • Emergency dental/medical appointment

(Please make routine appointments after school or during the holidays)

  • Day of religious observance
  • Family bereavement

 

Except in the case of illness, you should ask for permission for your child to miss school well in advance, giving full details.  In cases of recurring absences through illness you may be asked to produce a medical certificate.

5 days or more of unauthorized absence will result in a fixed penalty fine of £60 per child per parent.

 

5.         What is unacceptable?

            The school will not authorise absence for day trips, most holidays, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays or looking after brothers or sisters etc.

 

6.         Will the school contact me if my child is absent?

            The school operates a first day response to absences: we will phone you if we have not heard from you.  This is because we believe it is our responsibility to ensure your child’s safety as well as their regular school attendance. If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.