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Ordsall Primary School


Attendance, School Times and Illness

School Times


Ordsall Primary School is open to children in Reception to Year 6 for 32.5 hours per week.


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


In the morning


All of our school Gates open at 8:35 am in the morning

All of the children from Reception to Year 6 begin registration from 8:45 am

The Nursery provision in Klee and Kandinsky begins at 8:50 a.m.


At Lunchtime


Our Kandinsky part time morning children go home at 11:50 a.m.

Our Kandinsky part time afternoon children should  arrive at 12:20 p.m.


At the end of the day


Our gates open at 3:00 pm

The children in Reception to Year 6 finish school at 3:15 p.m.

The children in Nursery Klee and Kandinsky finish school at 3:20 p.m. to ensure that they receive their 15 or 30 hours.


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 8:45 to signal that the classrooms are open to start the day. Children who arrive after the 9:00 am bell, when the register closes, need to go to the main school office where they will be recorded as late. The Child & Family Support Worker monitors all 'lates' and, where the school feels it appropriate, we will work with families to improve their timekeeping before we take any further action.


Being late for school reduces learning time so your child’s punctuality is important for the following reasons:


  •  If your child is late for school each day, they could lose almost 2 weeks of education a year.
  • Your child being late disturbs the whole class from learning.
  • Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
  • 10 minutes late to school each day = 33 hours lost in one year.
  • Arriving 15 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
  • Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year.
  • 19 days lost a year through being late means 90% attendance.
  • 90% attendance across a whole school life is equal to a whole year of school being missed!

Why is attendance at school so important?

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%. 

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


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