Attendance - Facts for Parents and Carers

When does my child need to be in School?

Gates open  8.40am

Children go to class  8.45 - 9am

Gates and registration closes  9am

All children should arrive using Morpeth Road and Connor Street entrances into the playground.

Study Start

We encourage children to arrive from 8.45am to take advantage of Study Start. They are expected to walk sensibly to their classrooms once the bell has been rung. A member of our support staff will be ready for children in every classroom from 8.45 until the class teachers arrives at 8.50am.

Study start sessions consist of short engaging activities which consolidate prior learning or develop thinking skills. These help children to settle and prepare for their day’s learning.

Late procedures

9 -9.30am arrival  Children must enter through the Rutland Road entrance via the school office and will be registered as late.


Where possible children should attend school every day so that receive their entitlement to an education. There are however, occasions when children are unable to attend school.

Absence is permitted in certain circumstances

The DfE’s advice document for schools on attendance explains that schools should authorise absence for:

Illness, unless they believe the child is not actually ill- if your child is unable to attend school due to being unwell, please contact the school.

Medical or dental appointments

Days exclusively set apart for religious observance

Study leave

Traveller pupils, where their families are travelling and this has been agreed with the school

Holidays during term time

In order to support your child’s learning and ensure that routines are not disrupted unnecessarily, we do not allow holidays during term time. Absences, where parents take children without prior authorisation will be recorded as unauthorised. If you do have to take your child on an unforeseen trip please complete a request for a holiday form. These are available from the school. It will then be at the Executive Head’s discretion whether the holiday request will be authorised.

Please note the Learning Trust regularly monitor school absences.