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At Downs Junior School we regard attendance and punctuality as being of great importance.

The school gates open at 8:45, and at 8:55 children expected to be ready to start the school day. Year 3 and 4 will line up in the Playgrounds. Year 5 and 6 will make their own way to class. All pupils are expected to be ready to learn in class at 8.58. Any pupils arriving after this time will be marked as late and will have to sign in through the office.

Regular and punctual attendance at school is vital for ensuring that pupils reach their full potential and make good progress.  It is also very important for pupils’ social and emotional development, it helps pupils to develop a sense of belonging to the school community and helps them to develop and sustain friendships.

We view pupil attendance as extremely important and take our responsibilities towards promoting excellent attendance seriously.

We have a zero tolerance attitude towards holidays and days out during term time, unless they comply with very limited exceptional or unavoidable circumstances.

We work with an Independant Attendance Advisor to ensure attendance and punctuality is kept in line with our Attendance Policy.

Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of school age attend school during term times unless there are genuine reasons to prevent this, such as illness.

We work with our parents to ensure that all our pupils attend regularly and punctually.

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