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Parent Information

Attendance and Punctuality

Doors open 8.45am

Doors close at 8.55am

Register at 9.00am

Home time - children leave at 3.15pm apart from Friday when they are to be collected from 12.45pm from their classroom.

If your child is going to be late or absent then please inform us before 9:00am via the school reception on 01274 731698 

To ensure safety, no pupil should leave school during the school day for any reason unless they have an appointment. Parents/carers have to pick up their child as they will not be allowed to go home or to the appointment on their own during school hours. (Including Yr 5 and 6)

Your responsibilities as a parent

By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive suitable full-time education.

As a parent or guardian, YOU have a legal responsibility for making sure they attend school on a regular basis. If they do not attend, the school will make a referral to the Local Authority for consideration in relation to issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice where a child has missed 20 or more sessions within the previous 10 weeks without permission from school, or consider prosecuting you for an offence under the Education Act 1996. This may result in the Local Authority taking legal action against you in the Magistrates Court. Prosecution for failing to ensure regular attendance at school can be taken where a child is a registered pupil at a school.

Prosecutions are in accordance with Section 444 Education Act 1996.

We expect pupils of St Stephen’s Primary school to maintain a high standard of attendance to enable us to offer them rewards.

The Department for Education (DFE) has changed the law about holidays in school time. The new law states that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time other than in exceptional circumstances. Low cost travel or arrangements made by a family member are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances.

Bradford Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences and challenging those schools and parents that do not follow the new legislation. The local authority can fine parents for failing to ensure their child attends school.

Our attendance guidance

We have produced a leaflet to give you useful information about attendance and punctuality.  

Download it by clicking below