The School Day
The Early Years Foundation Stage:
Morning sessions: 9:00 – 11:30 am
Afternoon sessions: 12:45 – 3:15 pm
Full-time sessions: 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Ensuring your child arrives before the session start time will mean they have a calm and purposeful start to the day. Our experience tells us that lateness and poor attendance have a negative impact on a child’s ability to settle into the school environment. It is also disruptive to other children who have already settled. If you accept a place in our nursery class, we do expect your child to attend every day (unless they are unwell). If you are looking for a provision that is more of a ‘drop in’ facility, then our school nursery will not be suitable.
At the end of the session, we will only let a child be collected by an adult who is known to us. We ask that you collect your child on time since it can be a distressing and anxious time if they are left behind after classmates have been collected. If you are unable to collect yourself, please advise who will be collecting your child, well in advance. In the event of lateness, please telephone us so that we can make your child aware. Parents who are habitually late picking up their children risk being fined. Our late collection fine for habitual late pick up is £5 per child per 5 minutes!
Key Stages One and Two (Years 1-6):
Start of school day: 9:00 am
End of school day: 3:30 pm
The times of school sessions are as follows:
Children in Key Stage One (Years 1-2) MUST be brought to school and collected by an adult or mature secondary school aged brother or sister. Children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) can go home by themselves if you have given us written permission to do so, but they should NOT be taking younger children in Key Stage 1 or Early Years home.
Attendance and punctuality
Please make sure your child is on time. By law, your child has to be in school by 9:00 am and will be marked as late if they arrive after that time. Even missing a few minutes adds up over time and also disrupts the learning of other children. If you are late, you will be asked to sign the late book and to give a reason. The Tower Hamlets Attendance and Welfare Officer monitors punctuality closely and if your child is late on several occasions, you run the risk of receiving a fine. For more details of our penalty notice scheme, click on the penalty notice link.
It is extremely important that your child attends school regularly. This is your legal duty as a parent, and parents whose children are regularly absent – for whatever reason – will be referred to the Attendance and Welfare Officer to see if they can help you improve this. If you are not sure if your child is really sick enough to miss school, just tell us when you drop them off and we will ring you if they need to be collected later in the day.
It is against the law to take holidays in term time. You will be fined £60 per child per parent per week for any holiday taken in term time – even if this is to visit sick relatives abroad. Where parents do not live together it is still the case that both parents are fined if one parent takes the child on holiday – unless the other parent can prove they have tried their hardest to persuade the other parent not to take their child on holiday. Children who take holidays in term time will also risk losing their place in school. Under no circumstances will leave be given to take holidays during the school term. For more information, click on our penalty notice link.