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Remember: “Every day counts!”

Please make sure that your child is at school on time and is here every day, unless they are ill. If your child is absent from school please let the school office know.

The school gates are open for the children to arrive from 8:40 am; they should enter the school through the main doors and walk round to their classrooms.  The school day starts at 8:55 am and finishes at 3:10pm for EYFS, 3:15pm for KS1 and 3:25pm for KS2.

For safety reasons please remember to let the school office know by 2.00pm if a different adult is collecting your child.

At Hayes Primary School, we have high expectations of attendance from all pupils. We strive for every child to be in school every day. Regular attendance is essential to ensure children reach their potential both academically and socially.

The Department for Education has issued new and stricter guidelines for absences to which schools must abide:

“Regular attendance is crucial to raising and maintaining high attainment. If pupils do not come to school, they cannot learn what is taught in a lesson, practise what has been taught, or improve on their performance. There is a clear correlation. Pupils who attend regularly achieve more highly.” (OFSTED Framework section 4.3)

As a school we monitor the children's attendance regularly, and analyse the date on a weekly basis. We will implement a staged intervention process, aimed at working in partnership with families, for children who are falling below expectations.  We will work together to improve a child's attendance and punctuality, and part of this may involve other agencies such as early help interventions, (Bromley Childrens Project, CAF Framework), the Education Welfare Officer and Social care. 

Children's Attendance Celebrations 

Punctuality - Official Times 

  Doors Open Doors Close Unauthorised Late
EYFS 8:40 8:50 9:10
KS1 8:40 8:55 9:10
KS2 8:40 8:50 9:10

Children need to be in school before the doors close in order to receive a present mark in the register. If children arrive after the doors close, they must go to the office and sign in the late book. They will receive an unauthorised late mark. If children arrive after 9:10 they will receive an unauthorised attendance mark. Persistent lateness is disruptive to the class, can be distressing for the child and can affect learning as much as absence. The Education welfare Officer may also identify and investigate persistent lateness. 

For children who fail to achieve expected levels of attendance, parents will be informed either by phone or in person, with a view to providing support and advice to improve their attendance.

Every absence or late arrival at school means crucial learning time is lost.

Attendance during one school year Means this many days absence in one academic year Which is approximately this many weeks absent Which means approximately this many hours of learning lost
95% 9 Days 2 Weeks 50 Hours
90% 19 Days 4 Weeks 100 Hours
85% 29 Days 6 Weeks 150 Hours