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Start and End of the School Day

No child should be on the school premises before 8.40 a.m. (when a member of staff will be on duty) to ensure the safety of the pupils.

Children should be collected promptly at 3.30 p.m. A member of staff will be on duty until 3.40 p.m., but any child not collected by that time will taken back into the school and parents will be contacted accordingly.

If you have arranged for another parent to collect your child from school please let your child’s class teacher know or in an emergency please telephone the school office.


08.40 School gates open.

08.45 Bell rings to enter school

8:50-8:55 Registration

10.30 - 10.45 Morning Break

10.45 Daily Physical Activity (DPA) - led by Swans

10.50 Lessons recommence

12.00 - 1.00 EYFS & KS1 Lunch

12.30 - 1.30 KS2 Lunch

15.30 End of the School Day

15.30 - 16.30 After School Clubs


Our School Office Hours


The School Office is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.


Attendance and Absence

Morning registration starts at

First day Calling - Any child not in school by be accounted for and it is part of our morning routine to ‘chase’ any absences that are unaccounted for. If your child is unwell or unable to attend school please call the school office and confirm their absence from 

Our attendance policy states that 'The times children can safely arrive at school and can go into their classroom will be clearly communicated to parents.  The attendance of children who arrive late will be registered as follows: 

  • a child arriving after the register has started but before the register has closed will be coded as "late" (code L). -
  • a child arriving after the register has closed will be coded as "late after registration closed" (code U).  This is counted as an "Unauthorised Absence" after
  • The times from which children will be marked as "late" or "late after registration closed" will be clearly communicated to parents.  

If you know your child is not going to be in school through illness, please telephone the office before 9.15a.m.  If you know your child is going to be absent for any other reason, please let the office know, in writing, in advance, so that the register may be marked accordingly.

As far as requests for absence during term time are concerned; please read the school policy (available on the website) and submit a completed Absence Request form in advance of the requested dates. There is a selection of exceptional circumstances whereby we can authorise absence. If the request does not fall within these criteria, the absence will be unauthorised.

Each year we have an attendance target set by the DfES and your co-operation in ensuring that the children are in school as much as possible, is greatly appreciated.

Attendance Letters


Every term the EWO (Educational Welfare Officer) will visit the school and discuss the attendance of each individual pupil. You will be aware that regular and punctual attendance at school is vital so that pupils are able to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.

As a school we have been advised that we will be required to inform parents regularly if their child’s attendance falls below 96%. We will communicate this to you in the form of an attendance letter. The structure of the letter system will work as follows:





Below 96%

To hi-light to parents a dip in your child’s attendance


Between 96%-90%

Unsatisfactory Attendance


Below 90%

Persistent Absentee

Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation ensuring our pupils receive their educational entitlement. You can keep track of your child’s attendance percentage through the MyEd app, which updates daily.

If you receive a letter advising of your child’s attendance and have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school for a meeting.

Attendance Flowchart for Aveton Gifford Primary School