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Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Attendance and Absence

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.

 

Session Times

 

Sandcastles Nursery

A.M. – 8.45am until 11.45am

P.M. – 12.30pm until 3.30pm

 

Reception

8.45am until 12.15pm

Lunch: 12.00pm until 12.45pm

1.00pm until 3.10pm

 

Key Stage One (Y1 and Y2)

8.45am until 12.15pm

Lunch: 12.15pm until 1.00pm

1.00pm until 3.10pm

 

Key Stage Two (Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6)

8.45am until 12.30pm

Lunch: 12.30pm until 1.15pm

1.15pm until 3.20pm

 

The time spent teaching during the normal school week, including Religious Education but excluding the statutory daily act of worship, registration and breaks are:

 

Key Stage One – 25 hours

Key Stage Two – 27.5 hours

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