Attendance and Punctuality

Morning Routine

The school gates are open from 8.40am until 8.55am for children to arrive at school. Please do not enter the school gates before a member of staff is there to greet the children at 8.40am, even if the gates are open.

Arrivals after 8.55am need to use the intercom to contact the school office, once the office staff open the gate, you will then need to bring your child up to the school office and sign them in electronically on the Visitor Pod screen. Please do not leave your child at the gate unaccompanied. It is really important that your child arrives at school on time, so that they have the time to settle in to the day, and do not miss vital learning time.

If you need to speak to anyone when dropping off your child, then a member of staff will be available at the gate to pass on any messages. If you need to speak to the class teacher, then please make an appointment via the school office or write a note in your child’s Reading Record.

Designated adults collecting from school

To help us keep your children safe, please can you ensure that the office are informed if another adult is picking your child up from school, other than the child’s parent or (known to us) carer.

If your child is ill

Please see our Health and Medicines Page for some useful advice from the NHS and find out if your child could be attending school.

Child Missing from Education

A child missing from education is a child or young person of compulsory school age who is not on a school roll, not placed in alternative provision by a local authority and who is not receiving a suitable education otherwise, e.g. educated at home, privately or in alternative provision. A significant proportion of this category are children whose whereabouts are currently unknown, and Derbyshire CME focuses its priority on tracking such ‘missing’ cases. The Children’s Act and Section 4 Education & Inspection Act 2006 set out this statutory duty.

Any child or young person missing education is at risk of not achieving their educational potential and could be placing their safety and welfare at risk.

As a school we follow a strict timetable of reporting and investigating any child missing from education.

Changes to Attendance Guidance from 19 August 2024

The Department for Education (DfE) have introduced some new guidance for schools and Local Authorities (LAs) for managing school attendance. They have also introduced a new national framework for penalty notice and amended the law. These changes come into effect from the 19 August 2024 and all schools and LA’s across the country will be expected to follow the new statutory guidance.

As a school, we will be reviewing and amending our Attendance and Punctuality Policy as the changes come into effect to follow the new national framework.

Letter to Parent and Carers regarding changes to Attendance Guidance

DfE Guidance 2024 Frequently Asked Questions