Attendance and Punctuality

  • At Arunside we closely monitor attendance levels.
  • Parents are asked to ensure children do not arrive in the playground before 08.30 hours
  • Parents are urged to make sure that their child attends school regularly and in time for the start of the school day.
  • Please support the school by ensuring that family holidays take place only during the school holidays.

The School Day (Due to Covid-19, the school day has been altered to meet the need for staggered start times)

COVID Staggered Start and End Times September 2020

Be on time for a quarter to nine!
  • School starts at 08:45 and children in Years 1-6 are required to line-up in class groups on the playground at the rear of the school. The back doors remain open for 15-minutes after the start of the school day and latecomers should continue to enter the school through this route until 09.00.
  • EYFS children (those in the two reception classes), should enter the school using their classroom gate to the left at the front of the school. EYFS latecomers bust be escorted to the school office by the adult responsible for dropping them off.
  • The school gates are locked at 09:00 for the safety and security of our children. Any child arriving after this time must be escorted to the school office where the person responsible for dropping them off will be asked to sign the child into the register book.
  • School finishes at 15.20 for Years 1-6 and the school gates will open at 15:05 for parents and carers to come through in order to wait on the school playground at the rear of the school for their child. EYFS children are dismissed through their classroom gate at the front of the school at 15:15 hours
  Morning Afternoon
Foundation Stage (EYFS) 08:45 – 11:45 13:00 – 15:15
Key Stage 1 ( Years 1 – 2) 08:45 – 12:00 13:00 – 15:20
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) 08:45 – 12:00 13:00 – 15:20

These hours are subject to review by the Governing Body

School Day Notes:

  • Children in both Reception classes enter the gate nearest the two classrooms at the far end of the blue fence. The Reception staff team will collect them promptly, at 08:45.
  • Children in years one to six wait on the back playground until the bell is rung at 08.45 where they line up and their teachers  lead them into the building.
  • To get to the back playground the children follow the path from the main gates illustrated by the yellow man painted on the path.
  • All children have a morning break when the older children enjoy the sports playground situated to the side of the school building whilst the younger children play on the bigger back playground. When the weather is fine all children enjoy playing on our extensive field.
  • Lunch time is between 12:00  and 13:00 and the children follow a rotation system for going into the school hall to eat and having time to play.
  • At 13:00 teachers collect the children from the two playgrounds to go back into class.
  • Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 have a fifteen minute break in the afternoon with their class teachers.
  • All of the children finish the school day at 15:20 with  the exception of EYFS who finish at 13:15 hours.
  • Reception children are handed to their families outside the reception unit.
  • All children from Years one to six come onto the back playground with class teacher and are matched to families for a safe journey home. 
  • Children in Years 5 & 6 can walk home from school on their own if their parents have completed and returned the permission form
  • Please inform the school office if someone else will be collecting your child.
  • Children can only be collected at the end of the school day by a family member under 18 provide that the school office has been notified in writing in advance of any such collection and that the person collecting is in Year 9 or above. Such collections are not permitted during the school day, when a child must be collected by an adult over 18 years.  
  • If an adult is not waiting for a child they will be escorted to the school office by their class teacher at 15:30 where the school admin team will contact families to assist every child in getting home safely.
  • Both the breakfast and after school club are run by ZigZags and this organisation has their own arrangements for the safety of children at the beginning and end of the school day. Please see the supervisors for this information. Contact details can be found on this website on the Clubs and Enrichment page.

What to do if your child is late, ill or has a medical appointment?


The gates are locked at 09:00 for the safety and security of our children. If you are late you will need to enter through the main pedestrian security gate, which will be opened by the office staff once you announce your arrival on the key-pad intercom. Late attendees are always brought to the attention of the Headteacher. Persistent lateness is always passed to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO).


If your child is absent you need to let us know. A telephone call, email (to or personal contact will be sufficient. Regular, unexplained absence will involve the EWO so please get in touch promptly if your child is away. The school monitors all pupils’ attendance and punctuality carefully. Please be a responsible parent and ensure your child arrives at school on time.

If your child has sustained an injury which necessitates the use of crutches, the school will require a letter from a medical professional (GP, Hospital etc) before the pupil is admitted back into school. The letter should detail what injury has been sustained and provide information on whether or not the pupil is required to use the crutches in school along with an indication of how long this need is likely to last. Information on when weight bearing should begin and the dates of any follow up appointments should also be included in the letter. We thank you for your support in this matter.


A request for a child to leave school to attend a medical or dental appointment will be granted. Where possible appointments should always be made outside of school hours. Children who need to leave the school during the school day for an appointment must be collected and signed out from the main office entrance by a responsible adult. 

Absence and Holidays During Term Time

  • Parents are advised that is now against the law to take family holidays in term time.  Penalty Notice Fines are issued where family holidays are taken in school time.
  • The Headteacher can, in exceptional circumstances, authorise absence from school but this does not apply to family holidays taken in term time or family weddings abroad.
  • Parents/carers are also asked to arrange medical/dental appointments outside school hours wherever possible.
  • Holidays requested at the beginning of any new term or during SATs periods can not be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £60 can be issued (Section 444(a) of the Education Act 1996 empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices to parents/carers)

Attendance and Punctuality Awards

If the whole class are here everyday they receive a special class certificate. The class with the most certificates wins a prize each term! Please help us and help your child to contribute to the class certificate each term!

We also have individual and class rewards and prizes to encourage good attendance and punctuality. We also post Attendance Awards on the website. Our classes battle it out against each other to achieve the best attendance and punctuality records over the recent period. You can find recent awards here

Attendance Records Monitoring

The school will monitor the attendance of any child where there is a concern. Whilst the Headteacher, Learning Mentor and Educational Welfare Officer wish to work closely with families to support good attendance, the Headteacher has a duty to each child to ensure that they attend regularly to access education. Remember parents, we wish to work with you to provide the best possible education for your child and regular attendance is a key feature of any child’s continued progress.

The School Attendance Officer visits the school regularly to check on attendance and punctuality and makes home visits if necessary. This service also issues fixed penalty fines for intermittent or prolonged non-attendance without good reason, or for persistent lateness.

Attendance Policy

For more attendance information, please refer to our Attendance Policy on the school policies page.