Edith Neville Primary School

Edith Neville
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Attendance & Punctuality

Attendance and Punctuality

For children to make good progress it is vital that they attend school in good time in the morning to enable them to start the day in a relaxed and calm way. If children arrive late it is unsettling for them and their class, and has a negative impact on learning and can cause your child to feel insecure or unconfident about their work when they start.


Parents have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens. We rely on your support to make sure that children get to school safely, regularly and on time. All pupils are registered in the morning and the afternoon.


Please make sure your child arrives on time otherwise a late mark will be recorded. It is very important that good habits are formed early. Being punctual is very important and helps the day get off to a good start.


The gates to the school, will be opened and classrooms supervised from 8.45am. Parents of children in Early Years, and parents of children in Year 1, 2 and 3, are asked to stay with their child in their respective playgrounds until the class teachers come to take the children at 8.45am.


If you need your child to be in school earlier than this time, then please ask us about our Breakfast Club.


If you are late

If you arrive at school after registration at 8.55am, then your child is late and we need to ask that you inform the office of the reason for our attendance returns to Camden Education. We ask that you do this so that we do not have to ask your child.


End of day collection arrangements

School ends at 3.30pm. At the end of the day Yrs 6, 5 & 4 will be escorted to the waiting area at the front of the school for collection; Yrs 3,2 &1 will be escorted to the Middle years playground for collection and Yrs 1, Reception and Nursery children should be collected from their classroom doors facing out onto the Early Years playground. An adult will escort the children to their collection point, to ensure that they go home safely.


If for any reason you require someone else to collect your child, please ensure that you let the class teacher know at the beginning of the day or phone the office before the end of the day. For the safety of the children, we will not let anyone go home with someone whom we were not expecting.


First Day of Absence

If your child is absent from school, please contact the office by phone or in person by 8.55am on the first day of absence and again on any days following.


The national expectation and school attendance target is 96% or above.

Because of the proven negative effect poor attendance has on children’s learning, it is now a government directive that schools should not authorise absence unless in very exceptional circumstances. Because of this, we ask that you do not take holidays in term time or ask for them to be authorised as Holidays do not fall under exceptional circumstances.


Our Education Welfare Officer, monitors our registers and pupils’ attendance regularly and is happy to meet with any family who would like support in ensuring their child comes to school every day and on time.


Medical appointments

If at all possible we encourage families to book doctor or other medical appointments outside of school time or in the holidays. If that is not possible and you really need to take your child out of school during term time, a letter requesting permission should be sent to the Headteacher.