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Absence and Lateness

School Times

Our gates open at 8.45am and children are expected to be in their classrooms ready to learn by 9am.


9am – 3.10pm

Reception to Year 6

9am – 3.15pm


We expect good attendance because we know it raises achievement. Children and classes are rewarded for good attendance. Details of the attendance figures are published weekly in the school newsletter.

Children must only be absent from school if they are ill. If your child is going to be absent, you must telephone the office stating the reason for their absence. Our telephone number is 020 7229 6540. If you are unable to telephone, please email the School Office at

Appointments with doctors, dentists or at a hospital should be made outside school hours or in the holidays. Where this is not possible, the appointment card must be brought into the School Office the day before so that the register can be marked accordingly.

If parents and carers do not provide a reason for the absence it remains unauthorised.

If a child’s attendance is below 93% in any academic year, the Family Welfare Leader will contact the parents or carers. The school may refer to Early Help for support with the family's consent.

If a child’s attendance is below 90% in any academic year, the headteacher will contact the parents or carers. The school will refer to Early Help as this is a statutory duty. If a family chooses not to engage the service may escalate involvement to Family and Children's Services.

Punctuality (Lateness)

It is very important that your child has the right start to their day. Children who arrive late miss learning time and this causes them to miss important instructions or explanations.

Learning time starts at 9am. Please ensure that your child is in school on time. Children who arrive late must report to a senior teacher and their reason for lateness will be recorded.

Children who arrive after 9.15am are recorded as an unauthorised absence and this is recorded in the register.