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Late/Absence Procedures

Late Absence Procedures


The School Day


At St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, the school gate opens at 8.40a.m. and families are welcome to come into the playground.  Supervision begins at 8.45a.m. and the school bell rings at 8.55a.m.  We ask parents/carers to leave the playground promptly, so that the school day can begin.


8.40a.m. – School gate opens


8.55a.m. – School starts - bell rings and children line up on their class-lines


10.30 – 10.45am – Infant break time


10.45 – 11a.m. – Junior break time


12.15 – 1.30p.m. - Lunchtime – Reception Class/Key Stage 1


12.30 – 1.30p.m. – Lunchtime – Key Stage 2        


2.30 – 2.45p.m. – Infant break time


3.15p.m. – End of the school day


3.20 – 4.20p.m. – After school clubs


It is very important for your child to be at school on time every day. If your child is late, they miss the welcome, the beginning of assembly or the outline of the day’s learning intentions as well as interrupting the session in progress.


The beginning of the day is a busy time for everyone, since it is important for the school day to start on time so that the children get their maximum entitlement of curriculum time. If you need to speak to the class teacher please either pass a written note via your child or leave a message with the office, who will pass your message on as soon as possible. The class teachers are available to speak with parents at 3.15p.m. on most days or you can arrange a mutually convenient appointment time with the class teacher.


School ends at 3.15p.m. for all children. Please be on time to collect your child at the end of the school day. If you are delayed, please telephone and advise us of this.


We expect all children up to the end of Year 4 to be collected by an adult at the end of the school day. Please ensure that you tell the school well in advance if someone other than yourself is due to collect your child from school.  From the start of Year 5, if you wish your child to walk home from school alone, please inform us in writing.  


Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school.  However they are very welcome to come to the school office each morning to let us know they are present, and you are welcome to ring every morning to check. 


Similarly, if they need to ring at the end of the school day, they are very welcome to use the school phone.  I would recommend that there is a consistent routine, as this means that children are always clear on what to do.