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NEWTON FERRERS

Church of England Primary School

School hours and attendance

Start and End of the School Day

No child should be on the school premises before 8.40 a.m. (when a member of staff will be on duty), unless they are attending the Early Bird Club which commences at 8.00 a.m.

Children should be collected promptly at 3.15 p.m. A member of staff will be on duty until 3.30 p.m., but any child not collected by that time will be placed in the care of the AllStars after school club and the appropriate charge for this facility will be passed on to parents.

If you have arranged for another parent to collect your child from school please let your child’s class teacher know or in an emergency please telephone the school office.

 

Attendance and Absence

Morning registration starts at 8.55a.m.

Any child not in school by 9.15a.m.must be accounted for and it is part of our morning routine to ‘chase’ any absences that are unaccounted for.

Our attendance policy states that 'The times children can safely arrive at school and can go into their classroom will be clearly communicated to parents.  The attendance of children who arrive late will be registered as follows: 

  • a child arriving after the register has started but before the register has closed will be coded as "late" (code L). 8.55am - 9.15am.
  • a child arriving after the register has closed will be coded as "late after registration closed" (code U).  This is counted as an "Unauthorised Absence" after 9.15am
  • The times from which children will be marked as "late" or "late after registration closed" will be clearly communicated to parents.  

If you know your child is not going to be in school through illness, please telephone the office before 9.15a.m.  If you know your child is going to be absent for any other reason, please let the office know, in writing, in advance, so that the register may be marked accordingly.

As far as requests for absence during term time are concerned; please read the school policy (available on the website) and submit a completed Absence Request form in advance of the requested dates. There is a selection of exceptional circumstances whereby we can authorise absence. If the request does not fall within these criteria, the absence will be unauthorised.

Each year we have an attendance target set by the DfES and your co-operation in ensuring that the children are in school as much as possible, is greatly appreciated.

 

School Closure

In the event of closure owing to bad weather etc., you will be notified by text and/or email. The information will also be available on the school website and Radio Devon

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