Attendance

Timings

  • School starts at 9am but the gates are usually open from 8:45am to allow children to settle in classrooms.

  • Once children have put their belongings away, there are calm settling activities in the classroom.

  • Pupils are the responsibility of Parents and Carers until 9am but parents are very welcome to bring and stay with their children on the playground until registration.

  • School ends at 3:15pm though you may find timings have been adjusted due to COVID-19 - please see the updates page for more information.

Absence

It is the legal responsibility of parents to ensure their children attend school continuously. Legislation requires schools to keep a register of attendance and to record the reasons for a child’s absence, such as sickness, medical or dental appointments. A school can authorise such absences. However, the school cannot authorise all absences. An absence may be unauthorised if no communication is received from parents. Parents should telephone the school before 9am on the first day of the child’s absence, stating the reason. We expect a note of explanation if the child returns after a period of absence that has not been notified. To avoid spreading illness, please consult the NHS guidance for further information.

As you would imagine, your child’s attendance is rigorously tracked. If your child’s attendance is a concern, a member of staff will communicate with you, either in writing or by a phone call.

As an example, Andrew is currently in Year 3. His attendance at the end of the school year is 90% - this is the equivalent to a half-day every week or, put another way, is the equivalent to Andrew missing four weeks of education in a school year. Just think about the potential effect this could have on his education.

Reasonable explanations includes:

  1. Medical, sickness, dental reasons

  2. Receiving part-time/temporary education at an off unit site

  3. Educational visit (i.e. with the school)

  4. Leave of absence due to exceptional circumstances granted by the Headteacher

  5. Excluded for fixed, indefinite or permanent period from school.

Any child who arrives late at school, after the registers have been closed, will be recorded as having an unauthorised absence with the exception of the explanations above if this is not a regular occurrence.

Please inform us as soon as possible if you wish your child to leave early for a medical appointment or family emergency. We would expect him/her to be collected from school in these circumstances.

Please note that we only release children in school time to a parent or guardian and with prior notification.

Holidays

Mr Mitton cannot authorise holidays during term time.

A ‘Leave of Absence’ form, which is available from the school office or below, must be completed for any request for time out of school, whether it be that exceptional circumstances apply or your child is taking a music or dance examination and requires time off for that.

Please note the Statutory Tests for Year 6 pupils take place during May of each year. Children MUST NOT be taken out of school during this time.

Penalty notices may be issued if parents choose to remove children from school without approval.

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