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Attendance

At Slade School we recognise the positive link between regular attendance, punctuality and high academic achievement.  We want all Slade pupils to achieve their full academic potential and we believe this is only possible if children attend school regularly and on time.

If your child is absent for any reason it is essential that they school be informed.  The absence line number is: 01732 350354.  Please remember to call in each day your child is away sick.

Punctuality

The responsibility for ensuring that children attend school regularly and punctually rests with the parents.  To this end, it is desirable that parents should be the first line of contact whenever the child is absent from school.

It is the parents' responsibility to contact the school before 09:15 whenever and on each day a child is absent.

If a child is absent, parents should call the school on each day of the absence, stating a reason.  A note should be sent on the day the child returns to school explaining the absence.  The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence. 

If contact, explaining the child's absence, fails to be made by parents or carers, then the school will make every attempt to contact the home by telephone on the initial day.  Any unexplained absences will be followed up by a letter home.

Parent/Carers and pupils should all be familiar with the following time tables to enable children to be on time each day:

Key Stage 1

  • The school gate will open at 08:40
  • Children to arrive between 08:40 and 08:50
  • Reception children should be dropped off at the classroom door and collected from the classroom door at 15:25
  • Year 1 and Year 2 children are to go straight into school when they arrive
  • Lunch break is from 12:00 to 13:15
  • Children are to be collected from their designated door at 15:25

Key Stage 2

  • The school gate will open at 08:40
  • Children to arrive between 08:40 and 08:50
  • Parents and carers should say goodbye to children in the waiting area
  • Children in Key Stage 2 have the choice of either going straight to their classroom or spending time with their friends on the playground
  • Lunch break is from 12:15 to 13:30
  • Lessons finish at 15:30.  Children will meet their parent/carer on the playground
  • Parents should decide when to offer Year 6 pupils more independence when walking to and from school.  Please let the class teacher know if your child is walking independently to and from school.

What happens if your child is late?

If your child arrives late (after 08:50) he/she must enter only via the School Office where you should sign your child in with the reason for late arrival.

You or the child will be asked for the reason for late arrival and this will be recorded. 

If you child arrives after the close of registration (09:30) they will receive an unauthorised late mark, unless the school accepts the reason provided for lateness.

What does the school do about persistent lateness?

If your child/children are regularly late, the school will write to you. If punctuality does not improve then you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Education Welfare Officer.  A penalty notice may be issued.

What happens if my child has a medical or dental appointment?

Please try to make all appointments out of school hours.  If your child has an appointment the school should be given prior notice.  The child's absence may then be authorised.  You should collect your child from the reception area by the school office and sign them out (children cannot leave the school unaccompanied during the school day).

Holidays

Holidays will only be authorised in term time for exceptional circumstances.  For full details please see the school's Attendance Policy by clicking on this link.

If you need to request authorised leave you should write a letter to Mrs Slade at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence to explain why the leave is requested.  You will then meet with Mrs Slade to discuss the request.  This will be considered by the Governors or the Headteacher on their behalf and the response returned to parents.  If the request is refused, a letter will be sent to explain the reason for refusal.

Requests for holiday of more than 10 days must be submitted at least one month before the first day of intended absence and will automatically be referred to the school's Governing Body. 

Teachers do not set work for holidays during term time, however, we do expect parents to hear children read and for the pupil to write a daily diary.

Without this approval, the absence is unauthorised.