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Attendance and Punctuality

We aim for excellent attendance at Chapelfield to ensure our children’s learning is safeguarded. Attendance levels continue to be very good and we are eager to maintain this. 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

Children enter school via the Hall Doors between 8.40am and 9.00am and are individually greeted by the Parent Liaison Officer. They choose their meal (if they have school lunches) and go straight to their classroom where they are given individual work to enhance their learning. The official school starting time is 9.00am. Children who enter school after this time must do so via the Main Entrance where the time of entry is recorded and their meal choice recorded.

  Morning Afternoon Total*
Nursery Class 09:00 – 12:00 12:25 – 15:25  
Infant Classes (Reception – Year 2) 09.00 – 12:00 13:15 – 15:20 21h 25m
Junior Classes (Years 3 – 6) 09.00 – 12:15 13:15 – 15:30 23h 50m
  • These hours are subject to review by the Governing Body
  • *Total teaching hours, excluding the statutory daily Act of Worship, registration and breaks (including lunch)

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

Registers are marked by 9.00am and all students will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time. At 9.10am the registers will be closed. In accordance with legal regulations, if a child arrives after that time they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. 


Children who are late should come to the main school reception 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 on the first day of absence and each day following, followed up by a note to the teacher on return. These absences will be recorded as Authorised. Once the registers have closed office staff will look at the absences and if we do not have a reason we will contact the parent.


A request for a child to leave school to attend an appointment will be granted. Where possible appointments should always be made outside of school hours. 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

  • Parents are advised that is now against the law to take family holidays in term time.  Penalty Notice Fines are issued where family holidays are taken in school time.
  • The Headteacher can, in exceptional circumstances, authorise absence from school but this does not apply to family holidays taken in term time or family weddings abroad.
  • Parents/carers are also asked to arrange medical/dental appointments outside school hours wherever possible.
  • 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 (Section 444(a) of the Education Act 1996 empowers the local authority to issue Penalty Notices to parents/carers)

Attendance and Punctuality Awards

We have individual and class rewards and prizes to encourage good attendance and punctuality. These are detailed in our policy “An Attendance Guide For Parents.” The ladder in the Hall measuring success in our “Going For Gold” weekly class competition Hall is a visible example of how we encourage excellent attendance.

We also post Attendance Awards on the website. The classes battle it out against each other to achieve the best attendance and punctuality records over the recent period. You can find recent awards here

Attendance Records Monitoring

Regular attendance and punctuality are very important and we are required to keep detailed records of all aspects of attendance.

The School Attendance Officer visits the school regularly to check on attendance and punctuality and makes home visits if necessary. This Service also issues fixed penalty fines for intermittent or prolonged non-attendance without good reason, or for persistent lateness.