Policy – Recording and Monitoring Lates

Rationale

At Ripple Primary School, LEARNING STARTS AT A QUARTER TO NINE.

Teachers prepare work to support the children’s learning which begins as soon as the children arrive in class. If a child is not in school on time then they are not ready to learn at 8:45am. Children who arrive even a few minutes’ late miss valuable lessons which have been planned carefully by the teacher to address the needs of his/her class. If a child was ten minutes late every morning for a week, they would have missed nearly an hour of learning time that week.

Purposes

  • To promote and improve punctuality
  • To ensure all stakeholders are aware of their responsibilities in promoting punctuality.

Guidelines

Action Further Guidance Timescale
Gates are closed promptly at 9am. Any child arriving after 9am must enter the school via the Office. Children will be asked the reason for lateness and parent/carer will be asked to sign a form. Daily
Lateness will be monitored by the Attendance Officer. If a child has two late marks in one week a letter will be sent to parents informing them that the lateness will be monitored and asking for improvements to be made. Weekly
Lateness will be monitored by the Attendance Officer. If no improvement is made a further letter will be sent. If still no improvements Attendance Officer will write to parents advising that the lateness will be referred to the Borough’s Access and Attendance for action. 1 month
Access and Attendance will write a letter of warning to parents. If lateness persists a fine will be issued to both parents. 6 weeks

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