Frequently Asked Questions

The wearing of school uniform promotes a feeling of pride and a positive attitude to school and is compulsory. Our school colours, Blue and grey, are very distinctive and allow your child to be easily identified and help to create a good public image.

Summer uniform is to be worn between 1st May and the end of the Summer Term. Winter uniform is to be worn between the first full week in October and Easter.

Between Easter and the 1st May and during September parents may choose either summer or winter uniform depending on weather conditions.

All school uniforms with the school logo must be ordered online at School Trends.

Adverse Weather Closures

If we do decide that we need to close the school as a result of bad snow or bad road conditions this is not a decision that we take lightly. Adverse weather really does mean ‘severe’ as opposed to a slight flurry. If circumstances are such that you think there is a possibility that we may be forced to close either first thing in the morning or during the day, we would please ask you to check the following:

Come to this school’s website to see if a message has been posted on the home page.

Radio Broadcasts

You can tune into the local radio stations listed below where closure information will be broadcast on a regular basis (note that BBC Essex’s website is updated before any broadcasts). However, it can take us up to 20-30 minutes to get connected, and then the message will only be broadcast in the next ’round’ of announcements.

BBC Essex: 103.5 FM / 729 AM

Dream 100: 100.2 FM

Early Closure

If weather conditions should deteriorate badly once the children are already in school please first check the school’s website to check for any new message that has been posted on the home page. Please try to avoid calling the school office for information. It is very difficult to function with such a high volume of incoming calls.

If we decide we must close early, we will inform the radio stations (again, BBC Essex will update their website before any broadcasts take place) and also text & email parents.

The school day

  • Playground gate opens at 8.35am
  • School doors open at 8.40 am.
  • All children should be in class for registration by 8.50 am.
  • Morning session: 9.00 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 12.15 p.m. – 1.15pm
  • Afternoon session: 1.15 p.m. – 3.15pm
  • D.E.A.R Time: 3.15pm – 3.30pm

Essex School Term and Holiday Dates 2019-2020

Punctuality

  • School doors open at 8.40 am. Morning registration is at 8.55 am. This is the time your child must be in the classroom, so you need to ensure your child is coming through the school gate by 8.50 am.
  • It is important to be on time as the first few minutes of the school day are often used to give out instructions or organise schoolwork for the rest of the day.
  • After the close of registration (9.15 am) your child will be marked as unauthorised absence in line with the Department for Education guidance.
  • We will let you know if we have concerns about your child’s punctuality.
  • Children who remain uncollected at the end of school time will be referred to a place of safety if not collected or the school contacted by school closing time.

We encourage and believe that good attendance is critical for all children if they are to achieve and progress well and learn good habits for life. Our school attendance target is 95% across an academic year.

There is no legal right for a child to be granted leave of absence and taking a child out of school during term time could be detrimental to the child’s achievement, progress and / or social development/ friendships.

The Executive Body take the view that all leave during term time should be discouraged .

Applications for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should be made in the first instance, on the Leave of Absence form (available from the school office) accompanied by a letter clearly explaining the exceptional circumstance. Relevant supporting evidence may be included: no application for leave will be considered unless it is accompanied by a letter.

When considering exceptional leave requests many aspects will be considered including the pupil’s current attendance and past attendance records.

Holidays During Term Time

Leave of absence will not be granted for holidays during term time unless there are extremely exceptional circumstances

Any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised absence. This will appear on the child’s end of year report. The case could be referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment services who may issue a Penalty.

Every Day Counts! It is vital that pupils attend school, on time, every day in order to gain the greatest benefit from their education.

95% – 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance.
95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time.

All requests for a leave of absence must be made in advance either in writing or by completion of the school form; ‘Application for absence in term time’,

Q. What is a good attendance percentage?
A. 95 – 100% (less than 10 days absence in a year) is good attendance. 95% is the national average attendance rate for a child at primary school.

Q. What is poor attendance?
A. Anything below 90% attendance is worrying as your child has less chance of success. It makes it harder for the child to progress if they are missing key learning opportunities.

Q. What will happen if my child’s attendance falls below 90%?
A. Schools monitor pupil attendance every term. You may be sent a letter or you may be invited to a School Attendance Meeting at the school.

Q. Isn’t my child entitled to 10 days holiday or odd days off for long weekends?
A. No. The School may only authorise an absence in exceptional circumstances.

If pupils take unauthorised leave of absence in term time parents will be served a penalty notice by Essex Education Welfare Office (fine of £60 per pupil per adult. ie. fine of £240 for two children who live with mum and dad, a fine of £120 for two children who live with a single parent)

Did you know there are 175 non school days per year to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping trips etc

Read more about our Attendance Policy below:

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance Presentation

NHS Poster – Advice on Childhood Illness

Local NHS experts have joined forces with Essex County Council to produce an at-a-glance guide to 17 childhood illnesses including Chicken Pox, Glandular Fever, Ringworm and Tonsillitis.

The poster above highlights key symptoms of common illnesses which are traffic light colour coded to indicate whether children should go to school or stay at home.

Illnesses in the green category – for example colds and conjunctivitis – are those where children should continue to go to school.

The amber category is when an illness could be catching and there are some restrictions on school attendance.

Children should not go to school and should see a GP if the illness falls into the red category. Red category illnesses are German measles. Impetigo, Measles and Whooping Cough.

The poster also advises parents on where they should first seek treatment, either from their local pharmacist or their GP.

There is guidance on when to consult a GP if symptoms persist and advice on when it should be safe for a child to return to school if they have a particular illness.