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Ordsall Primary School


Attendance, School Times and Illness

Regular attendance is linked directly to raising achievement and helps develop skills for life. 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.

Every single day a child is absent from school means a day of lost learning. Attendance percentages can be misleading. For some parents 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!

Our school target is to be above 96%. It is our aim to contact home to find out why a child is absent.

Attendance Days Missed Learning Missed Achievement
100% 0 0 Excellent
95% 9 1 week and 4 days Satisfactory
90% 19 3 weeks and 4 days Poor
85% 28 5 weeks and 3 days Very Poor
80% 38 7 weeks and 3 days Unacceptable


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