Good attendance at school (over 96%) is a fundamental part of your child’s education. Poor attendance impacts significantly on progress, learning, friendship groups and the child’s overall happiness at school.

As poor attendance at school is seen as an indicator for neglect, the school has a duty to work with social services and the educational welfare service to ensure families support attendance.

For those who fall below the 96% target for attendance, parents and carers can expect the school to consider further action that could include social services involvement, penalty notices, court proceedings and fines.

If you are having difficulties with your child’s attendance, please contact the school as soon as possible so that we can work together to resolve the issue. If you would prefer to speak to a member of staff the school office is open from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Our Attendance Officer is available to meet parents and carers every morning.

Report a pupil absence

If your child is absent from school please contact the school office on 01202 692604 as early as possible on the first morning of absence. Parents and carers can leave a voicemail message at any time. Please remember to state your child’s full name and the reason for absence when leaving a message.


Punctuality is very important and late arrivals are recorded and monitored with similar follow up activities for children with poor attendance.

If your child arrives at school late they must report to the school office to be added to the register.

The school day

The school day begins at 9.00am and finishes as 3.15pm.

Total hours provided in a week: 9:00 am until 3:15pm (31.25 hours per week)

Morning Registration: 8:30-9:00 am
End of compulsory school day: 3:15 pm

Parents, carers and children are able to have access to the school site from 8.30am.

When the playground doors open at 8.30am children can quietly and sensibly walk into the school mugas, giving them time to get organised for their learning and have the opportunity to talk to their friends and teacher.

Teachers are ready to supervise the children that come in at this time and teaching assistants supervise the doors.

Any children that choose not to come in at 8.30am must walk quietly and sensibly to the door before they close at 8.45 am.

There are different entrances for different classes:

  • Year R will go in through one YR door.
  • Years 1, 1/2 and 2 will come in via the classroom doors
  • Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will enter via the double doors near the back muga.

At the end of the day teachers escort the children to the appropriate outside door or playground. Children will be told not to leave until the adult they are expecting collects them.

Parents and carers must notify the school in writing if their child is allowed to walk home without an adult or collect a younger sibling.

Parents and carers must notify the Class Teacher or school office before 2.30pm if someone else is collecting their child.

BCP Attendance Code of Conduct

BCP School Attendance Code of Conduct

Attendance Newsletter

Attendance Newsletter