Our School Day
- Gates open at 9am – Registration by 9:30
- Snack time 10:30 – 10:45
- Lunch time 11:45 – 1:30pm
- Home time 2:45pm
Every Friday afternoon we have a separate lower and upper school assembly.
Attend, Aspire, Achieve
We are keen for us all to work together with the aim to improve our school attendance year on year.
As always please consider carefully whether your child is ill enough to stay away from school. Essex County Council has published some guidelines on this. If your child is too unwell to attend school, we kindly request a doctor’s note. An appointment slip for any medical appointments is also required. When making appointments please, where possible, arrange these out of school time or at least first thing in the morning or last thing in the afternoon so that your child is not absent for the whole day. It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school and whole day absences for a one hour appointment will not be authorised. Please inform the office before 09:00 to report your child’s absence and the reason why. Absence can be reported by telephone (from 08:00) or via email. Please note that pupils with sickness and/or diarrhoea should not return to school for the next 48 hours following the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.
We are able to authorise one holiday in term time where there are exceptional circumstances. Please complete a ‘Leave of Absence Request’ Form (obtainable from School Office) and attach an accompanying letter addressed to Simon Wall if you are planning a holiday. If you choose to take your child on holiday without informing the school then this absence will be automatically unauthorised.
Registers close at 9:30am. If your child arrives after this time you will be asked to sign them in and they will be marked as late. The Education Welfare Officer monitors our late marks and if your child is regularly late then we will hold a meeting with you to help resolve this.
School finishes at 2:45pm and pupils are not permitted to leave early on a regular basis. Every pupil’s attendance is monitored weekly by the Senior Leadership Group. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% it is likely that their class teacher will request a meeting with you to see if there is anything they can do to help. The school will send letters out for any pupils whose attendance falls below 85% to invite you in for a more formal meeting with the assistant head. If a pupil’s attendance falls below 80% with 10 or more unauthorised sessions they will be directly referred to the Education Welfare Service, which may result in a penalty notice.
Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to a happy and healthy academic year !
Our current school menu can be viewed or downloaded on our Home Page under Useful Links. We are a cashless school; School Dinners can be paid for using:
- Our online payment system SIMS Pay: simsagora.co.uk. You will be issued with an account invitation once your child has started at the school. If you need any assistance with this, please contact the School Office.
- Cash, cheque and debit or credit card payments can be made via PayPoint retailers (e.g. Co-Op and most convenience stores). Please contact the school office and ask for a barcode for this method of payment. All payments made will be automatically linked to your child’s account.
School dinners cost £2.30 per day and includes a hot dinner, salad bar and dessert. Jacket potatoes available on request with cheese, beans or tuna mayo – please order via home school diary or school office before 10am.
Fresh fruit and yoghurt are also available every day