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Attendance, School Times and Illness

Every single day a child is absent from school means a day of lost learning. Regular attendance is linked directly to raising achievement and helps develop skills for life. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn. Lower academic achievement also translates into long term economic costs due to having a less well-qualified workforce. This affects the standard of living that today’s pupils will have over the course of their entire life. At Ordsall Primary School it is a key priority to have all our children attend school so that, not only can they receive the benefits of an education in a school where the curriculum is broad and ambitious for life in the 21st century, but also because it is key in our approach towards safeguarding our children. 


If we use the fact that there are 365 days in a calendar year and children are at school for 190 of those days if you look purely at attendance percentages they can be misleading. Non-attendance and poor punctuality can soon add up to be a significant part of a year. For some 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance but 90% attendance means your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year - nearly 4 school weeks and that's almost half a term! 


Please support the school in its aim to raise the standards of achievement for your child by ensuring that they attend school regularly and arrive on time.It is our aim to contact home to find out why a child is absent.

Our school target for attendance is to be above 97%. 

School Times

Pupils should arrive and be collected promptly at the following times:


Gates open at 8:35 am

Classroom doors open at 8:50 am

Learning begins at 9:00 am


Gates open at 3:15 pm

FS1, FS2, Y1 & Y2 doors open at 3:20 pm

Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 doors open at 3:30 pm


Lateness - every minute counts

Children need to be in the classroom before the school bell goes and learning time begins. The school bell rings at 8:50 to signal that the classrooms are open to start the day. Children who arrive after the 9:00 am bell, when the register closes, will be recorded as late. The Child & Family Support Worker monitors all 'lates'.All late children must access school through the main school entrance and be registered in the office: this is a fire safety protocol. No children should come through the main entrance if they are on time.

Being late for school reduces learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss 3 days of learning each year. If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.

Is my child well enough to attend school?

Type of Illness Recommended period to be kept from school
Diarrhoea or vomiting 48 hours since last episode
Conjunctivitis Seek medical advice before bringing to school
Head lice None. We recommend the use of conditioner treatments
Threadworms None. Treatment may be required for child and household contacts
Tonsilitis None. There are many causes but most are viral and do not need antibiotics
Chicken pox 5 days from onset of rash
Cold sores None. Avoid contact with sores
Hand, foot & mouth None. See GP for treatment
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotics
Slapped cheek None
Warts & Verrucae None. However, must be covered during PE lessons
Raised temperature Leave child to recover for 24 hours
Cough or Cold Children with minor coughs are advised to attend school, however children with long-lasting colds may need rest at home until better
Rashes Do not send your child to school with an unexplained rash or skin eruption. Seek medical advice