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Lateness has begun to improve in school. Thank-you for support. Opening the doors at 8:40am has made it easier for parents to manage to get their children here on time.

Warning letters have been given to those parents whose child has been late on several occasions.

Please give yourselves plenty of time to travel particularly to park your car safely.

Children don’t like being late as; they miss the start of a lesson, sometimes feel embarrassed, miss out on you being able to talk to their teacher in the morning or they miss out on finding about what they are learning today.


When pupils arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. This can significantly reduce achievement, regardless of academic ability. Children may also feel awkward arriving to the classroom when everyone else is settled. Furthermore, when one pupil arrives late, it disrupts the entire class and the teacher. therefore, everyone’s education is compromised.


Lessons in Reception classes, Key Stage 1 and 2 start at 8.50am at Spinney Hill Primary School. Teachers arrive in the playground at 8.40am and take their class into school at around 8.45am so that pupils are in class and ready to be registered for 8.50am. Therefore, any child who arrives in class after 8.50am may well be registered as Late ('L' code in the register). 


The registers are legally closed by the office 30 minutes after the start of the school day. This means that is any child who arrives late after the Register is closed will be registered as an unauthorised absence ('U' code in the register). This counts as half a day’s absence.

If your child is going to be late due to an urgent medical appointment please ensure that the office is informed and have seen proof of the medical appointment either before or after they have attended.


The only way to ensure that your child is not marked as late in the register is for them to be in their class line for when the teacher arrives to collect their class at 8.40am.


In the Nursery, sessions start at 8.30am for the morning group and at 12.30pm for the afternoon group. You should bring your child straight into the classroom at these times so they can be registered straightaway. It is really important that Nursery children are brought to school on time.


If your child arrives late on several occasions, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the school's attendance officer (Mr Ranzetta) or other senior member of staff to explain the reasons for your child's lateness. The school will work with you in finding solutions if there are genuine difficulties. However, if lateness persists, you will be invited to a further meeting with the local authority's educational welfare officer (EWO) and the persistent lateness may well lead to the issue of a fixed penalty notice.


Please arrive at school every day at 8.40am.