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Attendance Policy

Attendance

At HJS, we are committed to maintaining regular attendance of all pupils. Studies have shown that in order for children to reach their full potential, both academically and socially, regular attendance at school is essential. We place a high value on full time attendance and strive to support families to ensure all pupils achieve to as close to this as possible.

School hours, absences and holidays

School starts at 8.45 a.m. and finishes at 3:15 p.m.  Children should not arrive at School before 8.30 a.m.  Lunchtime is from 12.15pm. - 1.15pm.

Children should return to school by 1:10pm if they are having lunch at home.

Please let the school know, either by telephone, note or visit, the reason for any absence from school.

The School, in conjunction with Medway Council Attendance Advisory Service for Schools and Academies (AASSA) will monitor the attendance of all children. Absences can only be authorised for medical appointments, sickness, family bereavement, public performances, religious festivals, or other ‘exceptional circumstances’. Holidays, no matter how educational for the child, will not be authorised unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated. The school does not issue any forms for requesting absences in advance, but parents are asked to write to the head teacher explaining the circumstances.

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