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The compulsory school day runs from 8.45am to 3.25pm, totalling 32.5 hours each week. 


Regular and punctual attendance is essential if your child is to gain the most from our teaching.  Normally illness should be the only reason for absence.  If a child has to be taken out of school for medical or dental treatment a note is required beforehand.  Parents must report to the school office and your child will be collected from the classroom by the office staff.  Evidence of appointments must be given to the office staff to be kept on record and support a child's absence. 


All children should be in school, on time, every day that school is open unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.


Every absence from school must now be accounted for legally.  Teachers must log an absence as authorised or unauthorised.  This information is monitored by school, the Educational Welfare Officer and then passed on to the DfE (Department for Education).


Unfortunately, shopping days or days out to theme parks and such, are not considered essential by law and will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.


Improving attendance is a priority at Ashbrook Junior School.  We monitor pupil's attendance on a half termly basis.  With every report you will receive information about your child's attendance.  If we have any concerns about your child's attendance we will contact you and monitor it through regular meetings and if necessary an attendance contract will be put in place.


If a child is to have the best possible chance of success at school, it is essential they reach an attendance record of at least of 96%.  It is our goal to get as many of our pupils as possible to achieve this and therefore have the best start in life they can, alongside improved well-being.


We are aware there are many genuine and necessary reasons for children to miss school occasionally, particularly in the case of illness and medical emergencies.  However, we would encourage you to try to make routine medical appointments outside of schools. hours.  Please could we also ask that you notify school at the start of every absence and to ask school for help if you need any support in improving your child's attendance during the coming half term.


Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age attend school regularly.


Parents/Carers Responsibilities

  • Inform school straight away if your child cannot attend and give the reason.
  • Try to make medical, dental or other appointments outside the school day.
  • Ensure the school is aware of any circumstances at home that may be likely to affect their attendance.
  • Encourage good routines at home which promote a healthy lifestyle including enough sleep.
  • Talk to your child about school and let the school know if your child is worried about any issues such as difficulties with homework or friendship problems.
  • Do not book holidays in term time.
  • Make a request for leave of absence well in advance in writing to the Headteacher.
  • Seek advice from your G.P. if you are not sure how long to keep your child off school with an illness.
  • Ensure that school has all your up to date contact details.
  • Encourage your child to enjoy school and make the most of all the opportunities available to them.


Arriving Late or During the School Day

If your child is late arriving at school which is after 8.55am, or returning from an appointment, please take them to the main office to ensure that he/she is registered correctly and signed in by a parent/carer. If your child has an appointment in the morning and will need a school dinner ordering, please inform the school office via letter or phone call before 8.30am.

Please be aware that registration closes at 9.15am and any child arriving after this time will be marked as unauthorised.