PUNCTUALITY

Dear Parents / Carers,

Re: Punctuality

We are writing to all children’s families to emphasise the importance of being in school on time as there have been numerous incidents of some families routinely arriving at school at 9.00 a.m. or later and collecting their children at 3.30 p.m. or later.

School starts at 8.55 a.m. every day. Children need to be in their class at 8.55 a.m. so that they can start their lessons promptly. Children who arrive late are greatly disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and the beginning of lessons. This means that they are often unsettled and confused about tasks. Their teacher will not always be able to re explain work.

It is also very important that children establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their lives. Punctuality is a life skill that they need to develop whilst they are young.

It is essential that you ensure that your child arrives at school on time to prevent disruption to your child’s own learning and that of others.

We will continue to focus on this area with children through class work and school assemblies

We are required to monitor children’s punctuality and attendance. On-going lateness (after the class register has been taken) is classified as an unauthorised absence and this is contrary to The Education Act.

We understand that there may be rare occasions when you are unavoidably late due to unforeseen circumstances. On these occasions please make sure that you contact the school office to inform us when you will arrive.

Children must be collected from their classes at 3.15 p.m. If your child is in Year 6 and unless they have your permission to go home by them self, they should be met in the playground at 3.15 p.m. and no later.

High levels of unauthorised absences or poor punctuality can result in a referral to the schools Attendance and Monitoring Officer or other agencies which have a duty to investigate further and could result in legal action being taken against you.

If you are experiencing difficulties with punctuality and would like to talk to us about it, please make an appointment to do so Please keep in mind that Breakfast Club is available to children from 8.00a.m.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs M Butt

Headteacher

Attendance and Punctuality


 School doors open at 8.45am and are locked at 8.55am.
 Any child arriving at school after 8.55am will be recorded as late.
 Parents/Guardians must sign the late register.
 With regard to absence Parents/Guardian must ring school and speak to Mrs Wetherelt, Mrs Lee or leave a message stating your child’s name and the reason for their absence.
 Attendance and punctuality is monitored daily.
 For further information on punctuality and attendance please see the schools attendance policy on our website.

Autumn arrives in Reception

We have been making Autumn Crowns this week. We used lots of maths to help us make them. Please ask your child to find out how we made them.

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New School Buddies for 2017-2018

Congratulations to our new school buddies 2017-2018
This year our buddies will be very busy organising playground games and termly inter house playground competitions. They will also be there as pupil support at play and lunch times ensuring that friendship is at the centre of our play. Well done buddies I’m looking forward to working with you this year. Mrs Wetherelt

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Beamish Trip – Year 6

In the last week before half term, Year 6 headed to Beamish Open Air Museum as part of their topic work, studying the Victorian Era.

The children were able to explore the museum, visiting the 1913 town (including the sweet shop!), using the period transport such as trams and open top buses. They then headed to the pit village where they had to investigate the death of a young boy who had died at the local colliery.

This really helped us to understand the impact of the child workforce on the families at that time. We were also shocked at the dangerous conditions children were working under.

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