Regular school attendance and punctuality are key elements to children succeeding at school.
The school bell sounds at 8.55am when children are expected to be in class, ready for registration. The school gates open at 8.45am and Reception and Key stage 1 children go straight in to class, and Key Stage 2 children have the option to go in to class or play on the playground.
It is parents’ responsibility to ensure their children are in school on time. When children are late for school, they tend to be rushed and start the day in a stressful manner; this is not conducive for quality learning during the day.
Children are expected to attend school every day, unless they are sick.
If your child is sick, please contact the school and leave a message on our dedicated attendance line – 01582 587160 – selecting option 1 – which is available 24/7.
Routine medical appointments should, where possible be arranged outside of school hours or during the school holidays. Should your child have an emergency appointment or a hospital appointment then a letter should be written to school, along with the appointment card/letter which confirms the appointment.
Holidays should be organised during the set school holidays, a copy of the dates is enclosed in this pack. Applications for term time leave need to be requested by parents on the term time leave form, available from the school office. When making the decision as to whether to approve a holiday, the Headteacher follows the Local Authority’s guidance:
- 95% or over attendance during the previous academic year
- No previous holiday in the last 3 years.
- The child is not in Year 2 or Year 6.
The Educational Welfare Officer regularly comes in to school to monitor all registers. Should s/he become concerned about a child’s attendance she will organise a meeting with parents and on occasions, may need to serve penalty notices to parents.
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