School starts at 8.50am.  The side doors to all classes will be opened by staff at 8.45am although children may be dropped off at the playground from 8.35am.  If a child arrives at school after 8.50am without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late.  Registers close at 9 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.


Many of you will be aware of the significant changes to attendance regulations for pupils at school which came into effect in September 2013. The most important of these is in relation to term-time family holidays. Below is a quotation directly from the Department for Education Circular:

‘Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.’

We ask that you respect these regulations under which we must now work and that if you do need to take your child out of school during term time, you make very clear in your completion of the request form how the circumstances are exceptional.  If this is not clear, then under the new legislation,  I will not be allowed to grant leave. Please also note that the school can only consider applications for Leave of Absence which are made by the resident parent.

In addition to this new legislation, there have also been new regulations which also came into effect from September 2013 in which the imposition of penalty fines for parents and carers taking children out of school in unauthorised circumstances will now be imposed more strictly by the Local Authority. The rates and the timings of the imposition of penalty fines have also become much more stringent and there have recently been high profile cases where this has been imposed locally.

Parental support is greatly appreciated to reduce the total amount of days lost due to holidays.  The school is committed to working in partnership with you to enable your child to reach their academic targets and to support their social development and for this to happen we need to keep individual attendance as high as possible and we all need to play our part.
Why attendance matters:

  • Less than 5 days absence  = 98%+ attendance
  • 14 days absence (approx.) = 93.5% attendance
  • 20 days absence (approx.) = 90% attendance
  • 30 days absence (approx.) = 88% attendance
  • If a child achieves 80% attendance this means that they have missed approximately 40 days of education over the academic year, averaging 1 day per week.

The School’s attendance target is 97%.
Please click the link below to view our attendance policy

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