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Late/Absence Procedures


We expect children to arrive for school on time every day. Gates open at 8:30am, internal doors open at 8.40am and children can come straight to class. Gates are closed at 8.50am, doors and gated access to the playgrounds are locked for children’s safety and access can only be gained through the main entrance on Station Road. Arrival after this point is considered a late mark unless there is an acceptable reason given.
Registration closes at 9:05am.  Pupils arriving after 9:05am will be given an unauthorised absence mark.


Absence procedures

Government guidelines require schools to record lateness and absence. All absence
from school must be explained. Please ensure that any absence is for a valid reason.
Cases of persistent or unexplained absence or lateness will be checked by the
Education Welfare Officer and Executive Principal.

All absences from school must be explained, either by letter or a telephone call.
The school is then obliged to consider them and report them as ‘authorised’ or
‘unauthorised’.  You must ring school before 9:30 on each day of illness. 

Ring the school office on 01487 812500  and leave a message on the absence answerphone.  This is checked regularly by the office staff. 

If you do not report your child's absence then it will be recorded as unauthorised.

Authorised absences are those which are for medical reasons or for exceptional
circumstances such as family bereavement or religious observance days.

Please ask to view a copy of the Elliot Foundation Attendance Policy for further details.
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