Taking leave from school?

By Amesbury School | Posted: Thursday September 1, 2016

If students are going to be away due to sickness, an appointment or holiday, here's how to let us know...

We now have an absence button on our school website!  Just scroll down to the bottom of the home page to complete a brief form to to let us know of any absences (sick, holiday, appointment) - as this is a new feature, we also welcome feedback on it.

The attendance roll is taken at 9am and after the lunch break every day, so unless parents have advised otherwise, students are expected to be at school between 9am and 3pm.

It is very important that you let us know when your child is going to be away from school so we can ensure that they are safe and where they should be.

This is particularly important on days that children are unwell and you have decided to keep them at home.  This can often be a challenging time of the day, however we need you to advise us before 9am that they are going to be absent - even if we know they have been unwell, we must be advised for all following days if they are still unwell and are going to continue to be absent from school. 

Leaving school during school hours

  • If you need to take your child out of school for any reason during the day, please visit the school office and sign your child out in our sign out book.  If your child returns to school that same day please sign them back in again. This allows us to keep track of all students on-site and off-site in case of an emergency
  • Students are not to leave school premises at any point during the school day without teacher permission
  • We appreciate that it's not always possible to make appointments out of school time, but if it's at all possible to reduce your child's time away from learning, here's a reminder of our break times:  

School Day: 9am-3pm  (children may arrive at school from 8:30am)
First morning session: 9:00-11:00am
Morning Break: 11:00-11:30am
Second morning session: 11:30am-12:50pm
Lunch break: 12:50-1:40pm
Afternoon Session: 1:40-3:00pm

Break times differ slightly on Wednesdays to allow for our rotation programme:

Morning Break: 10:30-11:00am
Lunch break: 12:30-1:20pm

Because regular attendance at school is a strong indicator of learning success, we monitor attendance carefully and will contact you if we become concerned with your child's attendance levels.

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