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Late/Absence Procedures




A parent should notify school by 9.15am on the same day, specifying the reason for absence.  This may be done by telephoning the school and leaving a message, informing the office or teacher.


School should be informed on a DAILY BASIS, or the expected day of return.  A written letter or ‘notification of absence’ slip should be sent to school on your child’s return.  It is a DFES requirement for school to indicate the reason for each absence. Attendance falling below 92% has to be reported to the Local Authority. This will be monitored and could result in warning letters being issued or requests for medical evidence.


Absence for Exceptional Circumstances

Amendments to the Department for Education regulations 2006 now prevent family holidays being granted by the Headteacher. Absence during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances with consideration being granted upon individual application.


Arrival at School

The school doors open at varying times depending on your child's year group.  With the current COVID preocedure in place this ensures that we have limited amounts of parents/carers on the site at any one time.

For this system to work all children MUST be in school at their allocated time – not before

or after.


· 8.45 am – Years 5/6 

· 8.50 am – Years 3 /4 

· 9.00 am - Years 1 /2/ Reception 

· 9.00 am – Nursery 


 Drop off zones and collection zones are clearly labelled. 

Children arriving after this time are late and should enter the school through the main front entrance.


The school doors must be securely shut at a given time to ensure the safety of all children and to allow staff to take charge of their class and start lessons as promptly as possible.  Letters will be sent to any parents who constantly bring their children to school late.


Dismissing at the End of the School Day

We currently have a staggered finish to our day, the details are set out below:

Years 5/6 - Collection at 3.15pm

Years 3 /4 -  Collection at 3.10 pm

Years 1 /2/ Reception - Collection at 3.00 pm

Nursery -  collection at 12 pm


It is expected that parents/carers will collect their child from the allocated area.  If a different adult (someone not named on the contact sheet) is collecting your child please ensure that the class teacher is made aware of this.


Staff have meetings and other duties at the end of the school day so it is important that children are collected on time.  Four Seasons Club is available (if pre-booked) for parents who require childcare before or after school.  Letters will be sent to parents who are persistently late collecting their child.


Yours sincerely




Simon Griffiths

Head Teacher

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