Attendance

All pupils are expected to attend regularly and punctually.  School follows the DfES guidance on attendance and good attendance is encouraged. 

It is important that your child attends school regularly and punctually because this not only develops good habits for future life and work, but also enables pupils to benefit from the education being offered. Each and every lesson is important and any lesson missed cannot be repeated.  

Registers are marked at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions.  The registers are kept open until 9.30 am and 1.30 pm.  A child arriving after the register has been marked but before the end of these periods will have their absence mark cancelled and replaced by a late mark.  Children arriving after the prescribed 30 minutes are legally absent and this could be counted as an unauthorised absence. 

Registers are sent to the office and external classrooms doors are closed at 9.00am, so late arrivals need to sign in at the main office after 9.00am. Pupils will not be admitted to the classrooms via the individual cloakrooms after 9.00am. Although lateness is a poor start to your child’s school day, we would prefer to have a child arrive late rather than not at all! 

If you collect your child for an appointment or return your child after an appointment please sign them in or out at the school office. 

APPOINTMENTS

Medical and Dental appointments should be made out of school hours.  If this is not possible, parents should seek permission before the day of the appointment by showing the appointment card or sending a letter.  If prior permission is not sought the absence is unauthorised. If the child is kept out of school for longer than necessary, e.g. all day for an afternoon appointment, then the additional absence will be counted as unauthorised. Exceptions will be made in the case of an emergency, providing the school is informed as soon as possible.