The School Day
Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children attend school each day and arrive on time. Punctuality is vital to the smooth running of the school and ensures lessons start promptly.
The school hours are:
8:30 Gates open
8.40am to 10.15am
10.30am to 12.00pm
1.00pm to 3.20pm
3:10pm Gates open
Start and end of the day
Children can be dropped off at reception from 8.30am.
Registration is at 8.45am. Pupils arriving later than these times are marked 'late' in the register. There may be occasions when arriving late is unavoidable and we will endeavour to support any parent having difficulties with prompt attendance.
Parents may wait in the designated playground area, at the end of the school day. In the event of unforeseen problems (e.g. car breakdowns) parents are asked to telephone the school, and arrangements will be made to supervise the children until they can be collected.
Late arrivals need to enter school by the office. Parents are reminded that lateness is counted as Unauthorised Absence. Registers close at 8.55am and 1.10pm.
As a school, we closely monitor attendance on a termly basis. If your child’s attendance dips below 90%, we will write to you at the end of each term to offer support in helping attendance to improve. Similar monitoring arrangements exist for pupils who are late but we also wish to ensure that we give the full range of support to families who are experiencing difficulties, including the use of the Education Welfare Service. We place a strong emphasis on partnership and would always prefer to work with you in this important area.
A phone call from an adult at the start of the school day is required when a child is ill.
Following an absence, a note of explanation from an adult should be sent to school if no phone call was made.
Absences without explanation are regarded as unauthorised under County policy and have to be recorded in the child's records. Our school operates a ‘First Day Call’ policy where we will make contact with the family of any child who is recorded as being absent without explanation. This will be in the form of a telephone call after 8.55am.
We recognise that children will benefit from a healthy and nutritious start to the school day. To assist, we provide Breakfast Provisionfor all pupils from 8.15-8.40, for just 50p per day.
If your child wishes to attend, there is no need to notify us; just turn up on the required day and we will ensure they receive a breakfast that conforms to the National Healthy Schools Standards.
In order to alleviate a serious litter problem, and to promote a healthier lifestyle, better dental hygiene, and improved appetite for lunch, we allow only fruit and vegetables for mid-morning snacks. If you have an issue with this please make an appointment to see the Head Teacher.
All children in Key Stage 1 receive a free piece of fruit daily as part of the National Fruit for Schools Scheme.
Free transport to and from school is available to pupils living more than 2 miles away from the school and for whom Gedney Church End is the nearest available primary school.
Further details can be obtained from Lincolnshire County Council (external website).