At Woodingdean Primary School we regard attendance and punctuality as being of great importance.
The school gates open at 8:30, and at 8:45 the bell rings for the children to line up ready to go to class. All pupils are expected in class ready to learn at 8:50. Any pupils arriving after 8:50 will be marked as late and will have to sign in through the office.
Regular and punctual attendance at school is vital for ensuring that pupils reach their full potential and make good progress. It is also very important for pupils’ social and emotional development, it helps pupils to develop a sense of belonging to the school community and helps them to develop and sustain friendships.
We view pupil attendance as extremely important and take our responsibilities towards promoting excellent attendance seriously.
We have a zero tolerance attitude towards holidays and days out during term time, unless they comply with very limited exceptional or unavoidable circumstances.
We work in partnership with our Education Welfare Officers to monitor attendance and punctuality and put into place agreed actions to improve attendance for pupils in general and for identified pupils for whom attendance is an issue.
Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of school age attend school during term times unless there are genuine reasons to prevent this, such as illness.
We will work in partnership with parents to ensure that all pupils registered at the school attend regularly and punctually.