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Kingsham Primary School

Attendance & Punctuality

Good Attendance

Good attendance is important because:

  • regular and punctual attendance is essential for effective learning
  • statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and attendance below 96%
  • regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
  • regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
  • regular attenders find learning more satisfying
  • regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training

We place great importance on attendance and monitor attendance daily. Attendance has a high profile within our school and we recognise and reward good and improved attendance.

School Times

The school day starts at 8.40am and the school gates are opened at 8:35. Families are then free to take their children to the classroom door where they will be welcomed by an adult from the class and the child will go straight into their class and begin an activity (often a reading activity) to begin their day.

The day finishes at 3:00pm for Reception and Key Stage 1 and 3:05pm for Key Stage 2. An adult from the class will then hand over your child back to you at the end of the day from the external door to their classroom. 

If your child is in Year 5 or 6, could you please contact the school office if you would like to give them permission to walk home from school by themselves.

Holidays in Term Time

Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

This means that we will not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time, unless we are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances. If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, we ask that you complete a 'Withdrawal from Learning Request' form. 

To access a 'Withdrawal from Learning Request' form, please click here

Please ask at the school office for more information.

More information

For more information about attendance please click here to read the information from West Sussex County Council