During the past few months we have noticed a decline in attendance. A newsletter and a reminder of this information is regularly sent out to parents.
Attendance 2018-19: 96%
Attendance 2017-18: 95%
Attendance 2016-17: 96%
Attendance 2015-16: 96%
Attendance 2014-15: 96%
Attendance 2013-14: 96%
|Timings of the school Day||Doors open at the start of the day||Doors closed at the end of the day|
|Reception, Year 1 and Year 2||8:45-8:59am||3:15-3:20pm|
|Morning Nursery||8:45-8:55||11:15 or 11:45 (depending on lunch)|
|Afternoon Nursery||12:10 or 12:40 (depending on lunch)||3:10pm|
We want to ensure that every minute counts in school for these precious times in your child’s first few years.
How you can help
PUNCTUALITY – The doors open at 8:45am and close again at 8:59am. Please make sure that your child arrives on time. Lateness results in children missing valuable learning time and can also lead to upset and embarrassment, making it harder for your child to settle once in class.
It is important that you collect your child from school on time, again children left waiting after the doors have closed often become distressed. If you know that you will be late please ring the school office.
Please remember that we offer wrap around care through our Early Birds and night Owls clubs.
ABSENCE – If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please telephone the office and leave a message on our absence line. We appreciate that at times there are lots of children suffering with coughs and colds but please remember that your child’s attendance is really important. Children should be encouraged to develop resilience and should only be kept off school when they are really ill and unable to attend. Wherever possible appointments and outings should be made outside of school hours to minimise disruption to your child’s education.
HOLIDAYS – The Department for Education does not allow schools to authorise any leave of absence unless it meets exceptional circumstances. Therefore, holidays during term time will not be authorised by the Headteacher.
Should you wish to request leave please complete the Leave of Absence form available from the school office.
Any unauthorised holidays/leave taken are referred to the Local Authority who may decide to issue a Penalty Notice.
ATTENDANCE AND THE LAW – The law states that all children aged 5-16 (compulsory school age) must receive a suitable full-time education. Parents/Carers have a legal duty to ensure children attend regularly. The Department for Education state that attendance for all should be a minimum of 95%. We expect pupils to be in school 100% of the time. Pupils whose attendance falls below the expected level are at a disadvantage compared to those whose attendance remains at 95% and above. Records of attendance below 95% are reported to The Education Welfare Service who may write to you or invite you to attend a meeting at school to discuss any difficulties and make a plan to support with this. Further support may also be offered from other outside agencies such as health or social care.
Children missing education miss vital skills and knowledge base that they will never have time to learn again in the future. Time in school is essential.