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Parent/Carer Information

This section of our website is where you can find out everything you need to know about day to day life at our school, such as term dates, our uniform requirements, school dinners, clubs and activities that the children can take part in, homework and the school curriculum.

School times

School starts at 8:55 and finishes at 3:20. 

Please see the letter below describing the drop off and collection procedures. 

Late arrivals

Please remember that the school day starts at 8.55am: children arriving at school after 9.25am are given an 'unauthorised absence' mark in the register.  The Education Welfare Officer monitors children who are consistently late, so please ensure that your child arrives at school on time.

Absence due to illness

If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please remember to telephone the office so that their teacher can be informed.

Medical appointments

We recognise that it can be difficult to arrange hospital and doctors' appointments outside school hours, so medical appointments during the school day are permissible.  However, please remember to advise the school about any appointments your child has and do try to schedule appointments outside of school time wherever possible to avoid disruption for your child.

Important changes to authorised absence

You must have authorisation to take your child out of school.  On 1 September 2013 there was a change in the law that means that schools should not authorise leave of absence except in exceptional circumstances.

An application for leave of absence must be made to the Headteacher in advance by the parent/carer and the Headteacher must consider that there are exceptional circumstances relating to that application in order for the absence to be authorised.

Where there is evidence that unauthorised holidays have been taken, Leicester City Council's Education Welfare Officer will issue Penalty Notices:

  • £60 per child, per parent, if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice;
  • £120 per child, per parent, if paid within 28 days.

Parents will be liable to prosecution if the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days.

As a result of this change in law our school's Attendance Policy was reviewed by the Governing Body: you can download our policy from the school policies section.