Attendance

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.00pm. The timing of break and lunchtimes is staggered as below:

Break Lunch
EYFS 11.45am to 12.45pm
Year 1 and 2 10.30am to 10.45am 12.00pm to 12.45pm
Year 3 10.45am to 11.00am 12.00pm to 12.45pm
Year 4 11.00am to 11.15am 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Year 5 10.45am to 11.00am 12.15pm to 1.00pm
Year 6 11.00am to 11.15am 12.40pm to 1.25pm

 

School Registration

The class registers are marked at 9.00am, so punctuality is essential. Children are marked late after 9.00am and absent if they arrive after the register is closed at 9.15am.

Class registers are marked again at the start of the afternoon session. Children are marked late if they arrive in class after the start of the session and absent if they arrive after the register is closed.

Our registers are checked regularly for lateness and irregular attendance.  Children should not arrive at school before 8.45am as we are unable to provide supervision in the playground before the start of the school day.

 

Attendance and absence procedure
  • If a child is absent from school, parents should call the school office by 9.00am on each and every day of their child's absence, stating a reason for absence. The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence.
  • If school has not been notified of the reason for absence, a text message will be sent to the first contact, followed by a phone call to all contacts, in order of priority, until contact has been established and a reason for the child's absence has been established.
  • If all attempts to make contact are unsuccessful, a visit to the child's home address may be undertaken and in some circumstances it may also be necessary to request a welfare check by relevant agencies.
  • Attendance is monitored each half term and letters are sent to parents, where a child’s attendance falls below 95%.
  • An attendance figure of below 90% will be classed as a persistent absentee and this could result in a referral to the local authority’s educational social work service.
  • If you are concerned about your child’s attendance, please contact our attendance officer, Mrs V. Cumberworth, who will provide practical advice, help and support to improve your child’s attendance and punctuality.

Full details of our attendance and absence procedure can be found in our Pupil Attendance Policy

Holidays during term-time

In September 2013, the Department for Education removed the discretion for Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of family holidays during term time. 

Therefore, leave of absence will not be granted during term time and taking a family holiday could lead to a fixed penalty fine.   

For further information, please read the Pupil Leave of Absence Policy available on our website or visit the Bradford Council website https://www.bradford.gov.uk/education-and-skills/school-holidays-and-term-dates/family-holidays-during-school-term-time/

 

Requests by Parents

A request for leave of absence must be made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides.

Requests for leave of absence should be made in writing to the Headteacher (email is acceptable), alternatively an absence request form is available from the school office.

The request will be considered by the Headteacher and a written response will be returned to the parents either granting or declining the request.

Granting Requests
  • Requests will only be granted in exceptional circumstances e.g. bereavement, visit to a parent employed in the armed forces, emergency.
  • Each request will be considered on its merits;
  • Up to five days leave will be granted to visit a parent employed in the armed forces.
  • Up to five days will be granted depending on the bereavement circumstances and location.
  • If leave of absence is taken without consultation and school authorisation, then the absence by definition is unauthorised. This could result in a referral to the Education Social Work Service and the issue of a fixed penalty notice.
  • Absence due to illness will be authorised unless we have genuine cause for concern about the veracity of an illness. In such cases, school will request medical evidence to support the absence.

Absence Request