Punctuality - Arriving at School on time

There is a clear link between attendance and attainment; the more time a pupil spends in school the more likely they are to improve their opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

The Law states that:

A school has to take a register of all pupils first thing in the morning and sometime during the afternoon.  If a pupil arrives late to school but whilst the register is still open they are marked as late.  If a pupil arrives at school after the register is closed, without a satisfactory reason, this may be classed as an unauthorised absence and may lead to prosecution for not ensuring your child has regular /punctual school attendance.

Our Procedures if a Child is Late

Classroom doors open at 8:50am and we expect children to arrive at school for 8:50am. The classroom doors will remain open until 9am when the register is taken but learning does start as soon as the children enter the classroom at 8:50am. 

If your child arrives at school after 9am they will need to come into school via the office and will need to be signed in, giving a reason for being late. 

We monitor punctuality and if children are regularly arriving at school after 9am a meeting will be arranged with parents to see how we can support them in getting their child to school on time. 

Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:

• Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
• Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
• Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year.

 If your child attends school they are more likely to succeed



Information for parents/carers about punctuality


Being on time is a good thing!

  • Gets the day off to a good start with everyone in a positive frame of mind.
  • Helps your child make the most of their learning and sets positive patterns for the future.
  • Helps children develop a sense of responsibility both for themselves and for others
  • Helps your child make and keep friends.
  • Improves self confidence. 

Being late is a bad thing!

  • Gets the day off to a bad start and can put everyone in a bad mood.
  • Can be embarrassing
  • Other people can make negative comments
  • May damage your child’s confidence.
  • May lead to children being confused and missed vital instructions, information and bits of news at the start of the day.
  • Disrupts the learning for everyone
  • Can create a bad habit that can be hard to break in the future.
  • Can lead to poor attendance – if a child is late for school they can start to stay away from school.

Some things that help

  • Help your child get everything ready the night before (e.g. PE kit, school uniform)
  • Allowing plenty of time to get to school
  • Make arrangements with neighbours, family or friends if you have problems getting your child to school.
  • Make sure your child has breakfast or arrives at school in time for breakfast club.
  • Help your child organise homework.
  • Establish a good bedtime routine
  • Make sure your child gets enough rest and is not distracted by too much time on the computer or watching TV.
  • Setting an alarm clock! 

What should you do if your have a problem getting your child to school on time?

  • Talk to your child first.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher.
  • Ask for help from someone you feel you can talk to in school.