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Times of School and Attendance

Reception - 8.40am-8.50am start and 3.10pm finish

Year 1 - 8.40am-8.50am start and 3.10pm finish

Drop off and collection on Reception playground

 

All other year groups drop off and collection via main playground

Year 2 – 8.40am start and 3.10pm finish

Year 3 - 8.50am start and 3.15pm finish

Year 4 – 8.50am start and 3.15pm finish

Year 5 - 8.50am start and 3.20pm finish

Year 6 – 8.50am start and 3.20pm finish

 
 

School times for Academic Year 2021-2022. 

Please wear a mask (unless medically exempt and have shown proof to school) when dropping off and collecting, arrive on time and queue/stay at least 2 meters apart from other families/parents.

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One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. 

Malala Yousafzai

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Attendance

Children who come to school every day stand the best possible chance of achieving well at school.

Lessons are like building blocks. Every block that a child misses will affect their knowledge and understanding and it is not easy to make up for this lost time. One of the best ways you can help your child achieve well is sending them to school every day.

For this reason, we ask you to support us in providing your child with a high quality education by ensuring they are in school and on time every single day, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

If your child is ill, please contact the school office by 9am on each day they will be absent.  If your child is ill with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, the school’s policy asks that your child does not return to school until 48 hours has passed since they last exhibited symptoms. 

Please book routine appointments such as dental check-ups outside school time.

Attendance should be 95% or above.

 

Any attendance below 90% is classed as persistent absenteeism and school will need to get involved to improve it.

Leave of Absence Requests


The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the case of Platt v Isle of Wight Council which has clarified the law on unauthorised leave, including holidays, during term time. The parents of children of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they attend school on a regular basis. The Supreme Court has made clear that attending school ‘regularly’ means that the children must attend school on every day that they are required to do so. As such, the parents of any child who are absent from school without authorisation for any length of time are likely to be considered as committing an offence under s444 of the Education Act 1996.

Head Teachers retain the ability to authorise leave in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school are obliged to act within the law. Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If the leave is granted, Head Teachers are able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for.

It is for the Head Teacher to decide what is ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted. The school can only consider Leave of Absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent.

Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.

Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s). Applications should be made at least 28 days in advance to allow for an informed decision to be made.

Your child’s progress academically as well as socially is our shared priority.

IF NEED TO MAKE AN APPLICATION FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR THE HEADTEACHER TO CONSIDER, PLEASE COMPLETE THE REQUEST FORM AVAILABLE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE OR FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE, AND HAND IN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE OR EMAIL TO office@rugbyfreeprimary.co.uk

You will receive a formal response letter to your request from the Head Teacher.





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Application for Leave of Absence