Attendance and Punctuality
It is very important that your child arrives at school on time, school day starts at 8.55am, however the school bell will ring five minutes before school day starts and children are expected to be in the school playground by this time.
- School bell will ring at 8.50 for children to begin lining up by 8.55am.
Absence from school can only usually be justified when your child is ill. Family holidays, outings and, where possible, medical and dental appointments must be arranged out of school time. In order to maintain safety for all pupils, the side gates are locked after 9:05 am. Please use the main gate after this time.
If, for any reason, your child is late or absent, a message or letter must be given to the school office explaining the reason for the absence/lateness. If you know your child will be absent, a telephone call before 9:00 am will prevent the automated ‘first day’ call-in system from being activated.
Lateness and absence are monitored by the Home School Liaison Officers and the Local Authority, in addition to the Headteacher.
Children should be collected at 3:30 pm by the ‘named adult’. If your normal collection arrangements fail, please telephone to let us know before the end of school.
Attendance and Punctuality Rewards
We have weekly Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 Attendance Trophy announcement in our ‘Whoop Whoop’ Friday assembly. The class with the highest attendance percentage win the trophy to display in their classroom for the week.
We run an Attendance and Punctuality Fortnight every term. This involves children collecting stamps for coming in every day on time (at ‘5 to 9 in the line’). Children who collect the full set receive their free ticket to the Rich Mix cinema for a special animation screening.
Children who have ‘Outstanding’ attendance (99 % and above) are taken to Chessington World of Adventures at the end of the Summer Term.
We have a ‘First day absence’ call system. A senior member of support staff will call home to investigate reasons for absence and also offer ways in which to support families where there are difficulties with attendance. We have a team of staff who also carry out ‘home-visits’ to engage families and explore opportunities to help increase attendance. We work closely with the Tower Hamlets Attendance Welfare Officer (AWA) to support and address where there are concerns around repeated absence and extended leave.