Attendance and punctuality

    Regular school attendance is of vital importance. It shows a commitment to our school and provides your child with the routines expected in society.  It gives children the opportunity to benefit from education and avoid being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviours.  Cherry Lane’s expectations are for full attendance.   
    Good attendance is essential for children’s progress and achievement.  Good punctuality shows respect for school rules, teachers and other children.  Children who are continually late are missing an important part of the day including work setting and social interaction with their peers.  Late arrivals are disruptive to the whole class and often embarrassing for your child.  Arrival after the closure of registration is an unauthorised absence in accordance with the government guidance.  If your child is regularly late, even by as little as 3 minutes each day, this can add up to more than a days loss of education per month. 15 minutes late every day, over a school year, is equivalent to 10 days absence.



    Please read our Attendance Policy.


    We are required by the Department for Education to publish our own unauthorised attendance figures. These are for recorded absences not supported by a letter from parents. Truancy is very rare in Primary school and it is important that the school is informed immediately of the reason for any absence. If your child is not present at morning registration and no word has been received, parents will be contacted to discover why the child is not in school.
    It is important that children attend school regularly but should there be an occasion when your child is absent please notify the school by letter or telephone indicating the reason for the absence.  Please note: absences for minor ailments, such as a cough or cold, will be recorded as unauthorised.
    If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you need to collect your child early please advise the class teacher and the school office. GP or dental appointments, ideally, should be made outside of school hours. We expect children to be in school either prior or after their appointment. Proof of appointment is also expected e.g appointment card/letter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


    Punctuality is a very important social asset which parents can help develop in their children. Please help them to be on time but remember it is better to come late than not at all.
    If your child is late for school they must report to the Late Desk.  This ensures that your child gets a mark for being in school and is also allocated a lunch.  The late desk is manned from 8.45am-9.00am and access is via the door, in the main playground, which is signposted.  Please do not bring your child through the reception area before 9.00am
    Don’t forget that when late arrival is unavoidable it must be reported to the school office so that the register can be amended accordingly.
    Good attendance and good punctuality give your child the opportunity to learn and make the most of school.
    School Reception:  Parents should not use the school reception as a short-cut to collect their children.  Children should be collected from their classrooms or their allocated exit.  Children are brought to the reception area about 10-15 minutes after school finishes, so if you are only slightly late you will still have time to go and collect your child from their usual exit.
    Late Collection at end of school day:  If you are going to be late collecting your child from school, please make every effort to contact the School Office by 3.00pm so that we can inform your child’s class teacher.
    All pupils must be collected on time at the end of the school day.  If there is a problem, please contact us.  If no contact has been made with the school, we will inform the Participation Team.  They may possibly make a home visit or refer to the Children’s Services.


    Registers are taken twice a day, these are a legal document and are used not only as a record on attendance but also for Health and Safety reasons i.e. roll call during a fire practice. The registers are inspected half-termly by the local authority.                                                                                  

    Exceptional Leave

    Exceptional leave is the term that the London Borough of Hillingdon uses for absence requests from school.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no entitlement to 10 days’ absence from school per academic year.   Should you wish to take your child out of school during term time, a letter must be written stating the reason for the leave and must include a return date. Proof of bookings may be required. Letters should be addressed to Mr Whitehouse (Head Teacher) or Mrs Davie (Attendance Officer) and submitted prior to booking any leave. In line with the London Borough of Hillingdon policy, absence for holidays will not be authorised and the absence reported to the Participation Team, who may issue a Penalty Notice per child, per parent.


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