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Late/Absence Procedures

The school gates are opened at 8:40 a.m. and the children walk straight round to their classrooms, they should be in class by 8:55 a.m.   


Leave of Absence during Term Time

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their children out of school during term time.  The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

Should you do take your children out of school where the absences has not been authorised, the Local Authority may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days.



When a child is absent, parents should contact the school by telephone by 9.00 a.m. on the first day of absence.   A letter or email must be sent in with your child detailing the reason for absence when the child returns to school.   This is necessary for the school to complete its legal requirement on attendance.   



The school gate is open to pupils from 8.40 a.m. and closes at 8.55 a.m. prompt (see updated times above). Please ensure that your child arrives at school before the gates are closed.  Should your child arrive late, then they must be brought in through the school office, where you will be required to sign them into the late book, giving a valid reason for lateness.  Your child will receive a late mark on the register.

Occasional late arrival at school can be unavoidable; however when lateness is more frequent the child may become anxious and embarrassed and will miss valuable teaching time.  A pupil’s lateness also causes disruption to the entire class.  Continuous lateness may be followed up by the Local Authority.



Should your child need to attend an appointment within school time, please advise the school office.   We will also require a copy of your appointment letter/card or see a confirmation text.  We also request, that you write a note in your child’s Blue Book on the day to advise the teacher that your child has an appointment and what time you will need to collect them.  Where possible we ask that non urgent doctor, dentist and optician appointments are made after school.