The school day runs from 8.45am to 2.55pm, Monday to Friday. This equates to 30 hours and 50 minutes per week. We are transitioning to a 32.5 hour week by September 2023.
The school gates open at 8.30am and children will enter their classrooms from 8.45am. Children have a break time at 10:30-10.45am and a lunch break from 12.00-1.10pm. During their lunch break, children eat their lunch in the Dining Hall.
The school day finishes at 2.55pm. All of the children can be collected on the main playground.
Registration will be carried out at 8.50 am and at 1.10 pm. Registers must be completed promptly at these times and will be closed at 9.10am and 1.15 pm respectively. If a pupil arrives after the start of registration but before the registers have closed he/she will be marked as late for that session. If a pupil arrives after the registers have closed, he/she will be marked 'Late after Registration' (U Code), which counts as an unauthorised absence. The office needs to know reasons for absence in order to complete the register correctly. It is also important for the dinner register to be accurate.
All Pupils are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:
- Authorised – where the school approves of the absence
- Unauthorised – where the school will not approve the absence
All absences will be recorded as either authorised or unauthorised. If an explanation for an absence is not received or if the explanation is deemed unsatisfactory then that absence will be recorded as unauthorised (absence will not be authorised for such reasons as shopping, daytrips and birthdays).
To report an absence, please call the office on 01932 563271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All communication will be recorded by the office and placed in the pupils file.
Any prolonged planned absence must be shared with the headteacher by completing a request for absence form in advance of the absence and in good time so a response can be discussed. If you require the a request for absence form, please contact the school office.
Persistent absence of any nature, affects your child’s ability to make progress. We want to work with our families to promote high attendance for all to give every child the best chance of success.
At Littleton, the care and well-being of your child is our number one priority. We understand that some children may feel ‘under the weather’ however, unless they have a temperature over 38, have been sick, had diarrhoea or are displaying signs of a recognised illness (chicken pox, tonsillitis etc.), they need to be in school. The below image makes clear the impact of attendance on your child’s progress.
We care deeply about your children and if we have any concerns about their health or well-being, we will be in touch with you.
Arriving late to school can be disruptive for your child’s learning journey and those in the class. Please make every effort to ensure your child arrives on time to join their class line at 8.45am. If your child arrives via the office after 9am, a late mark will be recorded.
For your child’s safety, it is important that we know exactly who is collecting your child every day.
- Children must be collected by a responsible adult over the age of 18.
- Children are not able to be collected by a sibling under the age of 18.
- If there is a change to the usual collection arrangements the office should be notified via email@example.com as soon as possible.
- It is not enough for your child to tell us they are going home with another family member or a friend, we must have had notification from someone with parental responsibility
- If you are going to be late collecting your child, please call the school office on 01932 563 271. They can then be collected from the front reception area.
At Littleton, we work hard to develop strong relationships with our parent community and we ask that you support us by working together to ensure all our children are given the opportunity to flourish both socially and academically through high attendance.