It is a legal requirement that pupils registered at school attend regularly. Pupils are expected to be in their registration room by 8.45 am for the start of the school day. We would be grateful if you would ensure that your child leaves home in plenty of time to arrive promptly every day. At 9.30am the registers will be closed. In accordance with the regulations, if a student arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will count as an unauthorised absence. Period 4 is the afternoon registration and this and the morning tutor period are the marks that count towards the student’s late record.

Why is punctuality such a good thing?

Being on time:

  • Gets your child’s day off to a good start and puts your child into a positive frame of mind, so that he/she can make the most of his/her learning;
  • Sets positive patterns for the future;
  • Leads to good attendance;
  • Leads to better achievement;
  • Leads to understanding that school is important and education is valuable;
  • Helps your child develop a sense of responsibility for him/herself and towards others;
  • Helps your child make friends and keep friends;
  • Reaps rewards; it leads to success and self-confidence.

Why is lateness such a bad thing?

Being late:

  • Gets your child’s day off to a bad start;
  • Can be embarrassing for your child;
  • Will be noticed by other children who might make negative comments;
  • May lead to your child losing confidence;
  • May lead to your child feeling confused all day! He/she will have missed out on vital instructions, information and bits of news at the start of the day;
  • Disrupts the lesson for everyone;
  • Can cause your child to fall behind with his/ her work;
  • Creates a bad habit that can be hard to break after school in the workplace;
  • Can lead to poor attendance- if your child thinks it’s okay to be late for school they can soon start to think it is okay to not go at all.

Types of Lateness

  • Late before the register closes- when your child is a few minutes late;
  • Late after the register closes- this counts as an unauthorised absence.

If you have a problem getting your child to school on time:

  • Talk to your child;
  • Talk to the school;
  • Ask for help.

Remember it’s better to get help early to stop little problems becoming big ones!

Here are some more things that can help

  • Make sure your child has everything ready for school the night before e.g. PE kit, books, school uniform etc.
  • Get to know your child’s school timetable.
  • Make sure you allow plenty of time for you and/ or your child to travel to school.
  • Make sure your child does homework in the evenings, not at the breakfast table!
  • Make sure your child gets enough rest and is not prevented from sleeping by distractions- TV, computer, Playstation etc.
  • Buy an alarm clock!

If your child is late for school without sufficient reason there will be consequences for your child relevant to their year group; which will include detention either during or after school time.