Parents & Carers
Attendance & Punctuality
Pupils can come into school from 8.45am and the school day starts promptly at 8.55 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 8.55 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late. Registers close at 9.15 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Pupils arriving at school after 8.55 a.m. must enter through the main gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately chaperoned and signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the attendance team.
Absences in term time
In line with Department for Education guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term time other than when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important to discuss this with us as much in advance as possible so we can guide you through the process.
Where absence is continually unauthorised, a referral to the Local Authority Attendance Team will be made; the threshold for this is less than 90% attendance.
As you know, attendance is a high priority - our school target is 96%. We believe that it is really important for children to attend school on time, every day as this can make a huge difference to how well they achieve. In order to help hit this target, we offer initiatives and rewards to promote good attendance across our school.
The winning EYFS/KS1 class and KS2 class are praised for their efforts and presented with a certificate and an extra playtime. All class percentages are displayed on our Attendance League display board.
As well as being rewarded for being in school every day with a 100% attendance badge each term, pupils are entered into a ‘Big Prize Draw’ where they they win vouchers to spend locally.