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Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance at school is really important. It ensures that all children make progress and achieve their potential. Please support the school with this by ensuring your child arrives punctually at the start of each school day and that family holidays are kept to school holidays.

The School Day

Infants 
Morning 08:55 – 12:05
Lunch Break 12:05 – 13:20
Afternoon 13:20 – 15:25
Juniors 
Morning 08:55 – 12:05
Lunch Break 12:05 – 13:10
Afternoon 13:10 – 15:25
  • In addition to the lunch period, there are morning and afternoon breaks at 10.30 and 2.30 respectively.
  • The school bell sounds at 8.55 am at which point the member of staff on duty will blow the whistle. Children are expected to walk into school independently, in an orderly fashion and we appreciate parental support with this. Children are admitted into school at 8.45 am on wet mornings and can also go to classes at this time on other mornings if they wish to start some early morning work or chat to the teacher or friends indoors.
  • Children should not be on the yard before 8.45am as there is no adult supervision before this time, nor should older children who arrive on the yard at 8.45, then exit the school premises.
  • If parents wish to pass a message on to their child’s class teacher in the morning they are requested to do this via the member of staff on duty or by going to the main entrance to see Mrs Keeton. This ensures that we know, at all times, which adults are on the premises. Parents are requested not to enter the school building via the hall doors before 9.00 am to speak to teaching staff as they will already be supervising children in class.

What do you if your child is late, ill or has an appointment?

Children who are late should come to the main school office and report to Mrs Keeton or Mrs Bailey where they will need to be signed in by the adult bringing them to school. They must be brought to the school office by an accompanying adult who will be asked to complete the late register. 

If your child is ill, please telephone or email the school as soon as possible and send an absence note when your child returns to school. These absences will be recorded as Authorised. Once the registers have closed office staff will look at the absences and if no reason has been recorded, will contact parents.

Children who need to leave the school during the school day for an appointment must be collected from the main entrance by a responsible adult. 

Absence and Holidays During Term Time

Requests for holiday absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. Please find more details in our ‘Attendance Policy’ and ‘Absence and Holidays Guidance’ documents on the policies page. Holidays requested at the beginning of any new term or during SATs periods can not be authorised for any reason. This follows the Local Authority Policy on attendance in school. Where unauthorised absence is taken, a fixed penalty notice of £120 can be issued.

Leave of Absence Form

Governors are no longer able to authorise holidays during term time. In order to help school keep a track on attendance we have introduced a Leave of Absence Form. These can be collected from the school office or found on our Forms page, if you wish to request a ‘Leave of Absence’ from school in ‘exceptional’ circumstances’.

Attendance and Punctuality Awards

We like to recognise good attendance and punctuality performance and do this via our regular Attendance Certificates awarded each term. The classes battle it out to achieve the best attendance and punctuality records over the recent period along with any other notable remarks. You can find the latest Attendance Bulletin below, and other recent bulletins here

Holcombe Brook has a record over several years of ‘outstanding attendance’, a result of our strong partnership work with each other

Attendance Records Monitoring

Regular attendance and punctuality are very important and we are required to keep detailed records of all aspects of attendance. The Education Welfare Officer checks our attendance records regularly. If there is cause for concern, he/she may make a home visit or invite you into school to discuss the matter. Bury Education Authority will enforce the laws which require parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly.

For more information regarding attendance and term time holidays please refer to our Attendance Policy, available here