If your child is going to be absent from school you must call our dedicated absence line before 9.30 am on the first day of absence and then on a daily basis with your child’s name, class and reason for absence. Authorisation will only be given for absence, other than illness and medical appointments in exceptional circumstances, for example compassionate reasons. A letter requesting absence from school should be addressed to the Head Teacher. Holidays should never be taken in term time and will not be authorised for any year group. Attendance and academic success are closely linked and it is very important that your child attends every day.
Arriving at school
The gates open at 8.40am and the children can leave their bags outside their classroom and then go straight into the playground unless it is raining, in which case they are allowed to go into the classroom. At 8.50am the bell rings and the children line up outside the classroom door and enter when invited by the teacher. The gate closes at approximately 8.52am and the back gate at 8.55am. Any children arriving after this point must come in through the school office and alert the Office staff to their arrival and give their full name. Register is completed by 9am.
Year 3 and 4 children must be picked up from the classroom steps and if a child is to go home with another parent then the teacher must be informed by a note or email to the teacher. Year 5 & 6 must be collected from the main or back gate. Year 5 or 6 children may be given permission to walk home alone or out the back gate and down the alley to meet parents but must complete a form available from the School Office. If there is any last minute change to your child’s pick up then please alert the teacher as soon as possible. If you are able to call before 1pm on the day then the School Office can alert teachers electronically via the register. You may wait outside the classrooms by the bike shelter but do not walk up the steps. No scooting around the playground or playing on the activity trail. Please keep careful control of younger siblings.
Bikes and Scooters
We are happy for children to ride their bikes and scooters to school and we have bike/scooter racks inside the entrance to the playground. If you wish for your child to cycle to school we need you to fill out a “Cycling to School” form which is available in our School Office. Parents must decide whether their child is competent to negotiate the hazards that might be met on both outward and return journeys and we cannot accept any liability for any consequences of, and arising from that decision. Parents must also have taken out appropriate insurance cover as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage of cycles. Cyclists must wear a helmet. All bicycles and scooters must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
Some children are frightened of dogs and are they are not allowed on school premises. Therefore please make sure when you tie your dog up and it is away from the gate entrance/exit.
We break up at the end of the autumn, spring and summer term earlier than usual at 1.30pm.
Please make these out of school times if at all possible. If your child does need to be absent from school for a medical or orthodontic appointment then please inform the School Office in advance.
Penalty notices for unauthorised leave
A full copy of our Attendance Policy is available on our policies page click here. The Education Welfare Service, acting on behalf of Surrey County Council may issue a Penalty Notice as an alternative to the prosecution of a Parent / Carer for their child’s unauthorised absence from school and requires the recipient to pay a fixed amount. If a child is taken out of school for more than 5 days / 10 sessions, unauthorised leave, (this need not be consecutive) without the authorisation of the school, the amount payable on issue of a Penalty Notice is £60 per parent per child. This rises to £120 if paid after the 21 days period, but within 28 days. If not paid, legal action will be taken against the recipient for the period shown on the penalty notice, the local authority, Surrey County Council must prosecute the Parent / Carer for failing to ensure regular school attendance under Section 444 Education Act 1996. Please read the Attendance Policy to ensure you understand the criteria for unauthorised absence and its implications.