Why is regular attendance at school important?
Children who attend school regularly do well at school. Attendance is not only important for the individual pupil but also for their classmates. After a child is absent from school, the class teacher often has to spend time catching that child up in the lessons, which impacts the other children in the class. Therefore, absence from school should be limited to times when it is absolutely necessary, such as when the child is unwell, has a medical appointment which could not be scheduled outside of school hours, or has gained written permission in advance from the school for an unavoidable leave of absence.
What time should my child be in school?
School hours are from 8.45 am to 3.15 pm.
Children arriving after 8.50 am will be recorded as a "late".
From 9.15 am, registration is closed and children arriving after this time will be recorded as an "unauthorised absence".
Lower Redland Road
School hours are from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.
Children arriving after 9.05 am will be recorded as a "late".
From 9.30 am, registration is closed and children arriving after this time will be recorded as an "unauthorised absence".
For information about the drop-off and pick-up procedures for each site, see the Worrall Road and Lower Redland Road pages.
What should I do if my child is unwell?
When a child is unwell, the school office must be notified by phone on the day of the absence prior to the start of the school day. If no message for absence has been received by 10.00 am the school will contact parents.
The parent or carer must notify the school office by phone every morning while the absence from school continues.
Parents should not bring their child into school half-way through the day if they have been ill in the morning. We would prefer children to be kept home all day even if they appear to have recovered.
Children should be kept at home for 48 hours after symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea cease.
What should I do if my child has a medical appointment during school hours?
If possible, parents/carers should organise medical appointments outside school hours. However, if an appointment is unavoidable, please contact the school office and the class teacher in advance. Children will need to be collected from the school office and signed out in the book; children should return to school as soon as possible via the main office and, again, signed back in the book.
Why do I need to sign my child into the late book if they arrive late?
The register system in school records a code indicating where a child is at the beginning of the morning or afternoon when the register is taken. When children arrive late or come and go during the school day, this does not change the code on the register. It is therefore essential that children are signed in and out using the book in each office so that, particularly in the event of a fire or other emergency, we know exactly who is in the building at all times.
Absence from School
Children should only be absent from school if they are unwell, have a medical appointment or if permission for an unavoidable leave of absence in term time is sought in writing beforehand. No parent can demand leave of absence as a right. Absence for holidays, shopping, birthdays or other similar occasions will be deemed as unauthorised and may incur a fixed penalty.
Leave of Absence for Exceptional Circumstances
Leave of absence will be granted in exceptional cases only. Leave of absence should be requested by completing a Leave of Absence Form as early as possible (i.e. at least 2 weeks before the date of the requested absence when possible). The Headteacher may wish to discuss the request with the parent. All absence requests are treated on a case-by-case basis. As a school we authorise absence for religious observance; parents and carers must follow the same procedure for leave of absence for these requests.
If a child has an unauthorised absence then parents may incur a fixed penalty. For more information on this, see this leaflet from Bristol City Council (also available below).
If absences are recorded for which no reason is obtained from parents, a letter will be sent home from school. If there is no reasonable response after 3 days, the Educational Welfare Officer will be informed.
For more information, see the St. John's Attendance Policy.
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