Attendance at school after full re-opening in March 2021

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.

Covid19 Symptoms are:

  • high temperature

  • 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.

Daily Timings - start and end of the school day

Morning Arrival:

Doors open at 8.40am and close at 8.55am. (Temporarily this will be extended to 8:30am - 9:00am to help you.)


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!

Afternoon Collection:

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.

Children who attend school every day are more likely to:

  • 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.

 Good attendance is important because:

• 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.

Responsibilities of Teachers

• 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.

Responsibilities of Pupils:

• Attend every day unless the reason for absence is unavoidable.
• Arrive in your classroom on time, every day.

Responsibilities of Parents and Carers:

• 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.

For all other information about attendance please read our attendance policy which is attached below.






Attendance Policy Addendum May 2021
Southwark Primary School Attendance & Punctuality Policy 2020 - 2021
Southwark Attendance Policy Addendum June 2020 Covid19
COVID19 Attendance Flow Chart - Can my child come to school?
Attendance addendum January 2021
Attendance Policy Addendum March 2021