Start and End of the School Day
No child should be on the school premises before 8:40am unless they are attending the Early Bird Club which commences at 8:00am. When children arrive to school, they go straight to their classrooms where they will be expected to change into their trainers ahead of the daily mile that all children take part in. All children should be in the school by 8:55am.
Children should be collected promptly at 3:15pm. A member of staff will be on duty until 3:30pm, but any child not collected by that time will be placed in the care of the 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 8:55am.
Any child not in school by 9:15am 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 9:15am. 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.
Thinking of joining us?
We welcome visits from parents and children who are considering applying for a place here, as this is a great opportunity for you to see what we have to offer. If you would like to visit, please contact us to make an appointment. (Visits are not a compulsory part of the admissions process and will not affect decisions on whether a place can be offered at our school.)
Our Admissions policies:
The Admissions policies for pupils' admissions during the academic years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 can be found below. They include a timetable for appeals. However, new regulations apply to appeals at the moment because of covid-19.
The government has issued new regulations about holding admission appeals over the coming eight months or so. Due to covid-19 restrictions, there is no requirement for appeals to be heard in person at a face to face hearing. For appeals lodged until the end of January 2021, the default position will be appeals by video call or by telephone conference. Those parents unable to take part can have their appeals heard in absence on the papers that are submitted. The strict timetable for appeals to be heard within a set number of days has been abandoned during this period too: they must be heard as soon as is reasonably possible, particularly over the summer holidays. The appeals timetable referred to in the above policies no longer applies for this summer.
How to apply for a school place in Devon:
More information about admissions to schools in Devon can be found on Devon County Council website by clicking on the following links: