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Attendance

Being at school is a very important event in your child’s life. It enables them to learn, make friends and develop their skills. We are all partners in making this a success.

As parent or guardian, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child makes the most of the opportunity by attending school regularly.

Punctuality is equally important and school begins at 8.50 in the morning and at 1.15 in the afternoon. Pupils should be in school, in full uniform and with all the necessary equipment, ready to start at these times. Children are allowed to come into school from 8.40 to enable them to become settled for registration at 8.50.

The school is proud of our pupil attendance record but it should be noted that it is an expectation of the borough that a child should have 95%+ attendance at school. If a pupil’s attendance falls below this figure it will be monitored closely. See the attached file.

If your child is ill, please let the school know as soon as possible on the first day of absence.

Ways to let us know

  • A telephone call to 020 8952 2731 and press 1. This is a dedicated absence line where you can leave a message at any time.
  • A note with an older brother or sister.

We will attempt to contact you if your child is not in school and we have not had a reason for absence, it is therefore essential that we have a current number on which to contact you.

Absent for more than one day – We expect you to contact school everyday to update us on their illness.

Medical/Dental Appointments – In the interest of safety no child will be permitted to leave the school for a medical or dental appointment during school hours without a written request from the parent, giving the reason for the request and the time to leave school. Parents should report to Reception where staff will call for your child.

Health-Accident or Sudden Illness – In case you need to be contacted in an emergency, please ensure the school has up to date telephone numbers. It is essential that parents can be contacted quickly if children are ill.

Medical Conditions/Medication – Please notify us of any medical conditions, permanent or temporary, which may affect your child in school e.g. asthma, allergies. If your child requires medication during the day please come into school to see the welfare assistants where you will be asked to complete a medicines form. Only medication prescribed by a doctor will be administered.

Not collecting your child – If your child is going home with someone else, please write a note to their class teacher – it saves confusion. If you collect your child, please inform the school if you know you are going to be delayed

Changes at Home – If there are any changes in home circumstances which might affect your child at school, please let us know so that we can keep a careful eye on them. Of course, we will treat any such information sensitively.

Please click on the following file The Importance of your childs Attendance at School for more information.

Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable your child to extend their potential. The attendance patterns for all children are monitored weekly and the school seeks to work actively with parents to ensure a regular pattern is maintained. If however, after working alongside parents, the school still does not see an improvement in attendance then they can issue a Penalty Notice if any of the following occur:

At least 20 sessions (10 school days) of unauthorised absence within a 12 week period

At least 10 unauthorised late marks within a 12 week period

A leave of absence of at least 10 consecutive sessions (5 school days) not approved by the Head teacher as exceptional. If you need to apply for exceptional leave, please return the attached form to the school office.

The fine is £60 if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 if paid within 28 days. Payment of the notice will discharge your liability for the non-attendance of your child for this period.

Non-payment will lead to a court hearing for the original unauthorised absences.