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attendance & lateness

It is important that every child comes to school on time every day, as we know that good attendance leads to good progress.  

We believe high levels of attendance and a punctual start to the school day are vital to all children. Our aim is to ensure that every pupil has access to the full time education to which they are entitled and as a result succeed and thrive. We endeavour for children to take responsibility for their own attendance, recognising the link between attendance and good learning. 

School begins at 8:55 a.m. and registration takes place at 9.00 a.m. Children arriving after this time will be recorded as late. Children arriving after 9.30am will be marked as absent and this will be recorded as unauthorised.  

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Parents/carers should notify the school before 9.15 am on the first school day of his/her child’s absence from school. If the reason for absence is sickness and it continues – or is likely to continue – for more than three days, medical evidence should be obtained and submitted to the school. If any child is absent and the school has not been notified, the school office will ring the child’s parent/carer.  

If contact cannot be made, the office will try and contact the parent by another means such as text or email. Telephone calls will continue on subsequent days until contact is made. If contact cannot be made after a number of days, or if there are concerns about a child, the Education and Family Engagement Officer will be asked to make an education welfare visit, where they may then begin legal proceedings by issuing a fixed penalty notice if deemed necessary. 

Wherever possible, we ask parents to try to make doctors and dentist appointments before or after school. Where this is impossible, parents should inform their child’s class teachers, or the school office and it will be noted in the register.