Good attendance and punctuality are essential for the best academic outcomes in school. The children when arriving on time with their peers are also more content and settled throughout the day. It also teaches the children the expectations for their whole life at work. We work with Manningtree High School and the other local feeder primary schools to ensure that we all remain consistent with our message about attendance and unauthorised absences. Our attendance policy can be found on the policies page.
The school day for all children is 0850 - 1520 hours daily. This equates to 32.5 hours for all children weekly.
It is important that children are seated in their classrooms ready to start at 0850 hours when the registers are taken. Children not in class when the register is taken will be marked as late. Arrivals after 0850hours must come to the school office and be sign in using 'Inventry'. Children arriving after 0920 hours will be marked as a U code - an unauthorised absence.
In all cases of absence, the school must have an explanation from parents. The school should be contacted everyday of an absence using Study bugs app. Where there are medical appointments during the school day, the school will require sight of the medical appointment card or a text from the service stating the time and date of the appointment.
If the child does not attend, and no explanation is received, then the secretary will telephone the child’s home to ascertain the reason for their absence. If there is no answer others on the contact list will be called. It is possible this could also be followed up with a home visit.
Please use the guidance on the NHS website when determining if your child should be in school: Is my child too ill for school?
Holiday Absence Requests
As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit headteachers from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances. Requests for absence should be made on an official form available at the office or from the Useful Information and Forms page, in the Parents section of this website. A penalty notice may be issued in cases where unauthorised absence has been taken.