Attendance

Excellent attendance at school is important to allow children to fulfil their potential.
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Attendance

Our Early Years Foundation Stage includes Nursery provision. We offer 30 hours of provision alongside the Reception class: 8.45 – 11.45, 11.45 – 2.45, with the option of staying for the final half hour until 3.15 for a small cost. Our teacher Miss Stewart is a supported by teaching assistant Mrs McCormick.

For further information, or to apply for a place in Nursery, please contact the school or refer the Cumbria County Council’s School Admissions Section ‘Applying for a Nursery Place’. In the event of our Nursery being over-subscribed, our usual Admissions Policy applies.

The school day begins at 8:50am each day with registration. Children can be dropped off from 8.45am each day either to the classroom door (EYFS and KS1) or left on the playground (KS2) where there will a member of staff supervising. There is a morning break from 10.30 – 10.45 for Nursery/Reception and KS1 and 11am until 11.15am for KS2. Lunchtime is between 12:15pm and 1:15pm. There is an afternoon break for Nursery/Reception and KS1 from 2:30pm—2:45pm.

The school day finishes at 3:20pm. Parents are asked to wait in the front playground and teachers will direct children to the adult who is collecting them.

For our children in Nursery we offer a flexible approach to provision where parents can select the hours they wish their child to attend. Please contact us to discuss the options available.

School Attendance

It is essential that all children of school age attend school regularly to maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career. Excellent attendance at school is important to allow children to fulfil their potential.

Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning. The Department of Education states that an attendance of 95% is satisfactory. This equates to 9 days absent throughout the school year.

Punctuality

It is important that your child arrives at school in good time everyday i.e. before 8.50am, as children who are late often arrive in class unsettled and not ready to learn to the best of their ability. Frequently late arrivals can have a significant impact on a child’s progress. Late arrivals are recorded as such in the register.

Absences

Attendance is important however we also understand that children can get ill and they are not well enough to attend school. If your child is absent from school for any reasons, it is important to contact school as soon as possible. This can be done through ParentMail. Absences for which no explanation has been given are required by law to be recorded as unauthorised.

We would encourage families to avoid making medical and dental appointments during school hours wherever possible.

Holidays during term time

Holidays in term time are not permitted and can not be authorised unless they meet the criteria set out by the Government for exceptional reasons which are as follows:

  • Family needs arising from service in the armed forces or from a parent working abroad
  • Bereavements
  • Exceptional family ceremonies
  • A holiday necessitated due to a disability or illness in the family.

Parents are required to write to the headteacher to request any leave of absence. Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

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