The School Day
This school is committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience for all pupils. It is also committed to meeting the DfE (Department for Education) and Devon targets for raising levels of school attendance as set out in the Devon Local Authority Attendance Strategy. We believe that if pupils are to benefit from education, excellent attendance is crucial. We organise and do all that we can to ensure maximum attendance for all pupils.
School starts at 8.30am. Children should be in class at this time. Registers close at 8.40am. Any child arriving between 8.30am and 8.40am will be marked as 'Late before register closes' (L), any children arriving after 8.40am is marked as 'Late after register closes' (O).
8.20 - Gates open
8.30 - Registration opens
8.40 - Registration closes
(Children arriving after this time will need access via the school office and will be marked as late)
KS1 - Set break of 20 mins
KS2 - Set break of 15 mins
11.30 - 12.30 - KS1 lunch time
12.30 - 1.30 - KS2 lunch time
3.00 - End of day for KS1 (Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2)
3.05 - End of day for KS2 (Years 2 - 6)
If your child is poorly
We recognise and understand that children do become poorly and this may result in them being unable to attend school. We ask that parents make the school office (01392 666570) aware of any absences by 8.30am for every day that their child is absent.
If your child has vomited, we ask that parents keep their child off school for 48 hours after the last episode of sickness.
If your child is contagious, we ask that parents follow doctors instruction regarding absence from school. Please keep the school informed about this.
School can administer prescribed medication if parents have completed the correct permissions form. These can be found at the office or in the 'Medical' section of our website.
If your child has a cold or is feeling a little unwell, we encourage parents to bring their child to school. Teachers are very vigilant and the school will contact parents if their child begins to feel worse or become too unwell to remain in school.
The office team are able to support parents with any queries regarding absences due to illness.
Termly Attendance 2019-2020
Whole School Attendance = (To date) 96.0%
Term One = 96.0%
Term Two = Pods
Term Three = Pods
Termly Attendance 2018-2019
Whole School Attendance = 96.1%
Term One = 96.8%
Term Two = 96.1%
Term Three = 95.8%
Termly Attendance 2017-2018
Whole School Attendance = 96.4%
Term One = 96.6%
Term Two = 96.1%
Term Three = 96.3%
What communication can parents expect from school?
School will make contact with parents throughout the year regarding attendance. As we have a duty of care to inform parents about attendance, we will write to parents if and when attendance falls below a certain point. For most parents this will be to share information about current attendance so that they remained informed and get seek to maintain positive attendance. Some parents may be invited into school to discuss attendance and how the school can support in improving it moving forward as a school-parent partnership.
At the start of each academic year
Each September parents will receive a letter reminding them about the legal responsibility regarding term time holidays and the school responsibility to share information about term time holidays with Devon County Council.
If attendance falls below 95%
If a child's attendance falls below 95%, parents will receive a 'Green Warning Letter'. The purpose of this letter is draw parents attention to the current attendance percentage. Included in this letter is information regarding the number of authorised and unauthorised absences from school. The attendance percentage only includes sessions that a child is present at school.
If, after a Green Warning Letter, attendance isn't improving
If parents have received a 'Green Warning Letter' and attendance continues to fall, parents will receive an 'Amber Warning Letter' which invites parents into school to meet with school representatives to discuss how we can work together to improve attendance. This meeting will form clear actions to improve attendance together. The EWO (Education Welfare Officer) may be involved at this point or the School Nurse invited to support.