Selling Church of England Primary School
Here at Selling CEP School we are committed to providing a full educational experience for all pupils. We believe that if pupils are to benefit from education, regular attendance is vital. Regular and punctual attendance ensures that your child settles well, is happy at school and able to take advantage of all that Selling CEP School has to offer.
Following feedback from parents, carers and staff and taking into consideration the DfE’s minimum expectation on the length of the school week (see information note here), we have reviewed our school hours to bring us in line with the recently published Whitepaper. This is to ensure a richer, longer average school week which makes the most effective use of time in school and ensures our children enjoy a rounded education.
These new times meet the expectation that schools are open for a minimum of 32.5 hours.
From Term 2, our school day will be as follows:
School Gates Open
All pupils make their way straight to their classrooms for registration and early morning work
Any pupil arriving after 8:55 is classified as late (as is currently the case)
Whole school lunches and play time
School Gates Open
Reception lessons are finished and children are dismissed
All lessons finish
Lessons for Years 1-6 finish and children are dismissed
Total of 32.9 hours per week (The expectation does not apply to pupils in Reception)
Pupils arriving after 8:55 am must enter school by the main entrance and report to the School Office where you will be asked to sign them in.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school on the first day their child is absent by telephone before 9:30 am.
This is a safeguarding requirement so that all parties know that your child is safe. We operate a first day calling system which means that if we have not heard from you by 9:30 am we will call you. If we are unable to speak with you, staff may visit your home or seek advice from other agencies.
Requesting a leave of absence
If you are needing to take an unavoidable leave of absence for your child please complete this form, which will be sent to Mrs Adcock our Trust Attendance Officer, who will respond at her earliest convenience.
Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.
Click here for Sickness NHS Guidelines
Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.
Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions.
If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement.
Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child’s illness, telephone the school to tell them that your child will be staying at home. The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.
If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this.
School telephone number: 01227 752202
Miss Clark and Mr Paez monitor children's attendance. The school wants to support families who are experiencing difficulties with absence. Please contact Miss Clark if there is anything school can support you with.