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R.C. Primary School

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Attendance and Punctuality

Coronavirus Update

Staggered start and finish times are currently in place to ensure the safety of all our families.  These have all been communicated to parents via ParentPay and are displayed on school gates.  


Class Drop Off Point Drop off Time Collection Time
Nursery Nursery Gate 8.45am 3.30pm
Reception EYFS Gate 8.55am 3.15pm
Year 1C EYFS Gate 8.35am 2.55pm
Year 1M Nursery Gate 8.35am 2.55pm
Year 2H and 2EW Main Playground Gate 8.40am 3.00pm
Year 3W and 3O Main Playground Gate 8.50am 3.10pm
Year 4N and 4W Car Park Gate 8.40am 3.00pm
Year 5L and 5M Car Park Gate 9.00am 3.20pm
Year 6S and 6E Car Park Gate 8.50am 3.10pm


Attendance Expectations

From the 8th March 2021 pupil attendance will be mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct


Parents should report any symptoms of Coronavirus to the school and follow guidelines/advice.  Children should not attend school with symptoms of Coronavirus.  Please note that children may display symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, headache, vomiting, diarrhea or just generally feeling unwell. In line with Lancashire Public Health Guidance children displaying these symptoms must be taken for a Covid test before they return to school. We do require evidence of the Covid result before your child can return.  Please remember that if your child is unwell with any of these symptoms, the whole family must isolate immediately and your child and any siblings can not return to school until you receive the results.


 Detailed guidance/updates are frequently sent out to parents via ParentPay. 

Reporting Absences


We require all parents to report their child's absence before the beginning of the school day by phone or email.  If your child is absent and no contact has been made with school the office will make first response calls to find out the reason for absence. If we are unable to make contact with the first contact name we will ring all contacts and if necessary carry out a home visit.


During Covid it is important for you to state the exact reason for absence so we can monitor children with potential Covid symptoms.

School Times (Usual operating times outside of Covid)



8.45am - 11.45am (morning session)

12.25pm - 3.25pm (afternoon session)


Foundation & Key Stage 1:

Start 8.55am

Lunch 11.45am - 12.55pm

Finish 3.15pm


Key Stage 2:

Start 8.55am

Lunch 12.00-12.55pm

Finish 3.15pm


Attendance Matters


In order to encourage excellent attendance we present a trophy to the class which has the best attendance and punctuality each week.  


If your child’s attendance is below 90% our family support worker will contact you to offer support and guidance and we hope that by working in partnership we can improve your child's attendance.  If your child's attendance or punctuality continues to be a problem the school may have to consider a referral to external agencies such as the Local Authority Pupil Attendance Support Team.   Please remember that if your child's attendance is persistently low (below 90%) then they may be deemed to be a persistent absentee.


As part of our school policy, if a child is absent and there has been no communication from parents then we may conduct a home visit to find out why your child is missing from school. 

Thank you so much for all your support in encouraging excellent attendance.


Leave of Absence

We understand that there are occasions when your may have to request leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.  Unfortunately, the headteacher must ensure that the circumstances are exceptional and proof of the reasons may be requested.  All requests for leave of absence must be submitted on the form below along with supporting evidence.  It is highly unlikely that leave will be granted for family holidays.  Any leave that is not authorised may result in a penalty notice or fine being issued by the Local Authority. Please submit the form as soon as possible.