It is very important that if your child, or someone in their household, has symptoms of COVID-19, they must follow government stay at home guidance and not attend school.
new, continuous cough
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If your child, or someone in their household, has these symptoms, contact school straight away to let us know on 0115 9150466. Please make sure you speak to either our attendance support worker or our office staff. Click here for our flowchart and guide to what to do if your child or someone in their household has symptoms below. If you're not sure whether your child should attend school, please look at the chart here or get in touch before bringing your child to school.
At Southwark, we believe that it is vital that children are in school on time, every day.
Doors open at 8.40am and close at 8.55am.
It is vital that your child arrives at school on time. If they arrive on time, they maximise their earning time as well as being able to form strong friendships with their peers. If your child is often late, this affects their academic and social / emotional development. It also means that staff have to come away from teaching and learning across the school to collect your child from the front office - this isn't the best use of their time!
Nursery and Reception: doors open at 3.00pm.
Year 1 & 2: doors open at 3.10pm.
Year 3, 4, 5, & 6: doors open at 3.15pm.
Make more academic progress
Leave school with higher academic levels
Develop socially and emotionally, making strong friendships with their peers.
To give our children the best chances and opportunities, they must be in school. We will work tirelessly to get the children into school but we can only do it with your help and commitment.
• Statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 96%.
• Regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
• Regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
• Regular attenders find learning more satisfying
• Regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.
• Ensure that all students are registered accurately & on time.
• Promote & reward good attendance at all appropriate opportunities.
• Liaise with the appropriate member of staff on matters of attendance and punctuality.
• Communicate with pupils and parents/carers regarding absences and poor punctuality.
• Attend every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
• Arrive in your classroom on time, every day.
• Ensure your child attends school every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
• Ensure your child arrives in their classroom on time, every day.
• In the event of being late, take your child to the main entrance, complete and sign a late slip at the Attendance Office and include a reason for lateness.
• In the event of any absence, inform the school on the first day of absence and every subsequent day of absence by phone (0115 9150466 option 1) or at the attendance office, unless a doctor has supplied written evidence for a specified length of time.
• Avoid taking their child out of school for non-urgent medical or dental appointments.
• Provide written medical evidence to support any absence if requested by the school.
• Only request for leave of absence if it is for an exceptional circumstance - ensuring our school procedures are followed.