Attendance and Absence
It is very important that children attend school each day unless they are ill. Walsall Children’s Services set annual attendance targets for our school to achieve. We work closely with our Family Support Worker and an Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) to monitor the punctuality and attendance of all pupils in our school.
When your child is going to be absent, please telephone the school office or pop in to school to explain the reason for this. We do operate a ‘first day calling’ policy which involves contacting all parents whose children are absent without explanation to ensure that all pupils are safe.
Our attendance policy, as agreed by the Governing Body, no longer allows the school to grant permission for family holidays during term time and we no longer offer a ‘holiday form’. This follows recent Government legislation on term time leave. If you do require term time leave for ‘exceptional circumstances’, you will need to make an appointment to see Mrs Wilson and put your request in writing (letter) which can be shared with our Chair of Governors if necessary.
The School Day
Our school day is organised in such a way as to ensure we make the most effective use of the teaching time available. It is important that all children arrive on time and are prepared for the day ahead. During registration time, pupils will be completing 'gap tasks' or practising their all-important basic skills such as handwriting, multiplication tables and weekly spellings. Pupils are allowed to arrive on the school playground from 8.30 am each day. They can enter the school building and their classrooms from 8.35 am when the exterior doors open.
Sandcastles Nursery morning session – 8:45am until 11:45am
Sandcastles Nursery afternoon session – 12:30pm until 3:30pm
Reception & KS1: 8:40am until 3:10pm
Reception lunch: 12:00pm – 12.45pm
KS1 (Y1-Y2) lunch: 12.15-1.00pm
KS2 (Y3-6): 8:40am until 3:20pm
KS2 Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:15pm