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Late/Absence Procedures



Lateness is very disruptive for your child and the class so please be prompt at the beginning of the school day. All late marks are recorded and regular lateness as well as poor attendance may be referred to the Attendance & Compliance Team.


Lower school  The school day starts at 8.45 am the classroom doors are opened from 8.35am and closed shortly after. After this time children must enter school through the main reception door. Any child arriving after 8.55am will be marked as late. 


Upper school playground gates are open from 8.30. Parents must stay with their child until a member of staff arrives on the playground. The gates are locked at 8.45am, after which time children should enter school through the main reception door and sign in. Any child arriving after 8.55am will be marked as late.




If your child is absent please notify the school either in person or by phone on the day of absence to ensure it is authorised. Our answer machine is available 24 hours a day. Simply leave your child’s name, class and reason for absence. If no message or call has been received regarding your child’s absence then the school will endeavour to contact you for a reason for absence by 10am.


Medical Appointments


If your child has a medical appointment eg; hospital, opticians, dentist, please provide written proof to the school office before the date of the appointment. Failure to do this may result in the absence being unauthorised. Where possible please try to make non urgent appointments outside of school hours.


Requests for authorised absence


Head Teachers are not permitted to authorise absence for holidays taken during term time. They are permitted to grant leave only in exceptional circumstances. If you think you have exceptional circumstances please talk to us before arrangements are made or money committed.

Request forms are available from the school office or you can download one below.


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