At Belmont we are committed to working with parents to promote regular attendance and punctuality.
Belmont is proud of its high level of attendance which is above the average for similar schools nationally. Whole school attendance is consistently above 96% and the school expects individual pupils to have attendance at this level. It is important that children develop positive patterns of attendance and punctuality in order to have the best chance of making good educational progress.
Attendance of 90% is the equivalent of one half day's absence every single week. If a child's attendance is 85%, this is equivalent to missing half a term of school over the year!
Nationally, attendance lower than 90% is classed and recorded as 'persistent absence'.
Start of the School day
A member of staff supervises the playground from 8.40am each morning and a bell is rung at 8.55am to signal the beginning of the school day. Children in Reception to Year 3, should be lining up in the main playground at 8.55am.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 come into school independently from 8.45am and are supervised in their classrooms prior to registration at 8.55am. This extends to Year 3 as the school year progresses. Younger children from Reception age line up in the playground by their class names and are accompanied into school by their class teachers. Nursery sessions start at either 8.45 or 9.00am, depending on the child's group. Nursery children should be taken directly to the Nursery entrance.
Late arrivals should enter School via the School Office and are logged each day. The parents of pupils who are late more than occasionally will be invited to discuss the issue with the Head Teacher.
Lateness has a detrimental effect on children's learning:
- 5 minutes late each day = 3 days of lost learning
- 10 minutes late each day = 6.5 days of lost learning
- 15 minutes late each day = 10 days of lost learning
- 20 minutes late each day = 13 days of lost learning
- 30 minutes late each day = 19 days of lost learning
End of the School day
The school day ends at 3.15pm but it can take time for the older children to come down to the playground from the top floor. Parents are asked to ensure children are collected promptly either at 3.15pm or after any clubs they may attend. Finally, the class teacher or School Office must be informed of any changes to collection arrangements. A child will not be allowed to go with another parent unless permission has been sent in, or the School Office notified.
Absent from School
It is essential that we are informed when children are absent from school. Parents and carers should telephone the School Office on the first day of absence and again each morning, unless there is an expected extended absence e.g. chicken pox. Parents should then send a note when the child returns to school. Parents wishing to take their child out of school during the day, for unavoidable medical appointments, must inform us beforehand. Routine dental and medical appointments should be booked for the end of the School day, or in the holidays where possible.
Parents wishing to take their child out of school for other reasons during term-time must complete a request form (available from the School Office) and return it to the Head Teacher for consideration. The Head Teacher will not authorise term-time holidays because of the disruption they cause to children’s education. The Local Authority has advised Hounslow schools that such holidays are unacceptable.
Parents should be aware that they could lose their child’s school place due to unauthorised absence from school. Hounslow has issued clear guidance on this matter, which is available from the Head Teacher.