Start of Day:
School begins at 8.55 a.m. for all children
School ends at 3.15 p.m. for both KS1 and KS2.
School ends at 3.10 p.m. for Reception children.
The school cannot accept responsibility for the supervision of pupils before 8.50 a.m. – unless they are in Breakfast Club. We ask parents to ensure that children arrive promptly so that they can be in their class at the beginning of each session.
All children have a short break each morning (10.30 – 10.45 a.m.); this provides an opportunity to relax from studies and visit toilets – thus avoiding disruption in lessons. Infant (KS1) children have an afternoon break as well (2.15 – 2.30 p.m.)
A reminder of our new Breakfast Club times: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m. This is run on a “café” basis – no need to book in -just come along! Breakfast is FREE (cereal, juice and bagels are donated by a charity organisation called MAGIC BREAKFAST).
COLLECTION AND DELIVERY OF CHILDREN
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that children are delivered safely to school. For safety reasons we insist that all Nursery and Infant children are collected from school by a known adult. Nursery and infant children should only be collected by older brothers or sisters in special circumstances i.e. a parental request due to unforeseen circumstances as a “one-off” and not on a regular basis. Please note our school policy is that such siblings are over 16 years. It is important for staff, and the comfort of your child that you contact us if you are delayed. Forms indicating adults who have permission to collect children are sent home at the beginning of each new academic year. Any changes in collection routines should be explained to the class teacher or to our Reception staff in advance as we cannot, under any circumstances, hand a child over to a stranger. It is the responsibility of parents to tell us of any changes.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Regular attendance is essential for children to make progress in school and it is the legal duty of parents to ensure that absence occurs only for authorised reasons such as illness, medical or other essential appointments. We encourage parents to make dental and/or other appointments but if this is not possible then to bring children back to school following treatment. Medical Appointments – dentist/doctor/hospital appointments will be given an authorised absence mark. In all cases a written note, telephone call or personal visit is required to explain reasons for non attendance. Failure to inform the school of absence will result in an “unauthorised” absence being recorded. In such circumstances the school is obliged to notify the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) who will write to, or visit the family. Persistent lateness applies to only a minority but it is noted by the school. It provides an unsettling start to the day, is bad manners and poor training for the future; it is disruptive to other pupils and to school routines
MONITORING ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
The school works very closely with our Educational Welfare Officer. The following actions will assist parents to focus on the importance of both attendance and punctuality:
- First Day Response – Our Attendance Officer follows up all daily absences which are not reported to us.
- She telephones or visits daily if this is necessary. Please let us know the reason for each absence so that she does not need to contact you.
- Attendance print-outs are sent to individual parents and/or whole classes, to illustrate attendance patterns.
- Letters and visits from the EWO.
- Parental interviews with Attendance Officer and Deputy Headteacher. Local Authority (LA) prosecution – in extreme cases.