School attendance is very important for every child to make the most of their education and to help them fulfil their potential. Pennington C of E Junior School is committed to improving its level of attendance to at least 96%. With this in mind, we award the class with the highest percentage attendance every week in celebration assembly. At the end of term, the class with the highest percentage attendance has a special reward.
Attending school regularly plays a vital part in successful learning.
Staggered Start and End times from September 2020, until further notice, the whole school will start and end the day as set out below:
o 8.35 – 2.55 – surnames A-I
We are working with the infant school to try to make the beginning and ends of the day as convenient as possible for parents whilst allowing some staggering the drop-off and pick-up times. We have decided to ask parents and children to stagger their arrival based on the first letter of their surnames. This will allow siblings to arrive at the same time. (If siblings have different surnames, they can choose which letter they use). Please email the school office team firstname.lastname@example.org to advise which surname/ time you wish to use.
We will ask parents to use the one-way system that is currently in place: entry through the gate by the car park. If you are accompanying children onto the school site, we ask that you follow the bees around the school and exit by the gate into the alley near the Tesco car park.
The school gates open at 8:30 am.
A member of staff is available at the front of the school to take any messages and pass on any of your queries. Please ensure your child is not left on their own prior to 08:30 am, as there are no staff present on the playground before this time.
The school doors are opened at 08:35 am when the children make their way into the school building, have time to organise themselves, talk to the class teacher and friends and generally settle before the day starts.
At 08:45 am the school gates will be locked and at 8:50 am the register will be closed.
Anyone arriving after this time will need to enter the building through reception and will be marked as late.
The Department for Education (DfE) asks schools to identify the reasons a child is absent from school. Authorised absences are for illness, dental/medical appointment, religious observance, school visits and approved sporting activities. All other absences will be recorded as unauthorised.
We have a whole page on our web site dedicated to the school policies - but we are often asked for our attendance policy so we have posted a copy below. It includes lots of useful information including:
Hampshire County Council provide some fantastic information about school absences and how long your child should be off school if they have been unwell to reduce the risk of infection with other children and adults. This fantastic guide shares details on: