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School Attendance

The school day begins at 8.50 a.m. with the bell being rung at 8.45am so children should arrive around 8.40 a.m. for a punctual start. Unless children are involved in pre-school activities, arrival prior to this time is discouraged, as there is no supervision.

Any child who goes home for lunch should be back in school by 1.15 p.m. Those parents who arrive by car are respectfully requested not to park along the restricted section of Bridge Lane and to avoid blocking the driveways of any local property. Please do not park on either the school driveway or staff car park. We encourage parents to use Witherwin Avenue or Mary Magdelene‟s Church to park vehicles.

No child will be allowed to leave school during the school hours unless collected by a parent / guardian from the main entrance or having notified the school, in writing, of their arrangements. Children must be signed out of school and back into school via the school office.

Pupils are expected to attend school for 190 days when the school is open, unless they are ill, have to attend hospital, have medical or dental appointments, or have to attend the funeral of a near relative. Regular attendance is important to foster appropriate attitudes to school and to aid continuity of progress. Frequent absences can lead to truancy. The school has a responsibility to report to the Education Welfare officer any persistent absence.

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