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Late/Absence Procedures

Lateness

School starts at 8:50am for KS2 and 9:00am for Foundation Phase children.  If your child is not in the yard to be called in by their Class Teacher they must report to the school office.  If the yard gates are closed, your child must enter school through the main school gates on Armine Road.  Please ring the buzzer and a member of the Office staff will permit them entry and register them into school.

We monitor lateness and if your child arrives at school later than 9:30am for KS2 children or 9:40am for F.Pha children they will be marked with a U code which means they have an unauthorised absence for the morning session.  Please make every effort to get your child to school on time.  

 

Absence

In the event that your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please telephone the school on 01792 586570, ideally before 9:30am to report your child's absence from school.

After 9:30am we begin phoning parents if we are not aware of the reason their child is not in school.

 

Our normal procedure is to then phone Parents/Carers again should their child not return to school on the 3rd day of absence for a check up on how your child is and to find out when they are likely to return to school.

 

 

 

Penalty notices

 

The Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013 introduced fixed notice penalties for regular non-attendance at school.  

 

The Welsh Government has required all local authorities to draw up and implement their own Local Codes of Conduct to ensure consistency in the issuing of penalty notices. The code will be implemented in Swansea from January, 2015.  

The Welsh Government states that penalty notices are one option among a number of different interventions available to promote better school attendance. The introduction of these regulations is one part of the Welsh Government strategy to support improved school attendance across Wales.

 

The introduction of these regulations mean that parents may now be fined for their child(ren)’s regular non-attendance at school.

 

The local code of conduct, which explains how penalty notices will operate, is available on the Swansea Council website http://www.swansea.gov.uk/educationpenalty  

 

On the website the local authority has also provided answers to some frequently asked questions. Parents/carers will also receive explanatory letters and information leaflets from their child’s school in January, 2015. 

 

If any parent has concerns about their child/s attendance, then please speak to staff in school for advice and support.

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