Attendance and punctuality

Ideally, children should be in school, on time, 100% of the time. We attach great importance to making a prompt start to the day so children should arrive punctually at 8.50 am (8.30 am for the Nursery) every day. Lateness and absence affect all children’s learning, not just those directly involved.

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Registration

Each day is divided into two sessions: morning registration is between 8.50 and 9.20 am; afternoon registration is between 1.30 and 2.00 pm. Children arriving late, but between 9.00 and 9.20 am must report to the office and will be marked in as ‘late’; after that, without a good reason, they will get an ‘unauthorised absence’ on their record. Similarly, in the afternoon children must be in their classrooms between 1.30 and 1.40 pm to receive an attendance mark from their class-teacher. Children arriving between 1.40 and 2.00 pm must report to the office and will be marked in as ‘late’; after that, without a good reason, they will get an ‘unauthorised absence’ on their record.
The Nursery handles its own registration. The morning session starts at 8.30 (ending at 11.30) and the afternoon session starts at 12.30 (ending at 3.30). As the Nursery does not have a separate office, latecomers will disrupt the lesson.

If a child is unwell or going to be unavoidably late the office must be notified as soon as possible, either in person or by telephone, otherwise the child’s absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

If a child is reluctant to come to school, the child’s class teacher should be told as soon as possible. Our staff will want to help. If a child’s attendance and / or punctuality present serious problems, school staff will investigate and try to help, ultimately by involving the school’s Educational Welfare Officer.

Leave during term time

The school follows the LA’s Attendance policy so requests for family holidays during term time are unlikely to be authorised. However, there are a very few circumstances where leave may be authorised at the Headteacher’s discretion. Whether the request is authorised or not will also depend on educational factors, such as the child’s history of attendance.

Requests for leave during term time should be made in advance in writing or by completing an application form.

Find the detailed Attendance & Punctuality policy in the policies section.