Good attendance equals good learning
At Camestone School we aim to encourage and assist all pupils to achieve the highest levels of attendance
and punctuality in order to maximise their achievement and attainment at school. Parents & carers are
responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, properly equipped and in a fit condition to
Arriving At School
School begins at 8.55am and families should aim to be at school by 8.50am to enable children to come in to
school with their classmates.
The main school playground gates are opened at 8.40am and children should not arrive in school before this
time. Please ensure that children are not on the school premises before 8.40am as no responsibility can be
taken for their welfare before that time. We encourage children to enter school independently as soon as
possible. Classroom doors are opened at 8.45am. School doors are closed at 8.55am and any children arriving after this time should enter through the main office. Children arriving late will receive a late mark. We do encourage the children to be punctual as this helps to make a happy start to the day. A child who arrives late may miss important news and feel left out which gets them off to a bad start and can have an impact on the remainder of the day. Absence and lateness is reviewed regularly by our Education Welfare Officer who may visit families where attendance is poor.
Signing in and out
Please go directly to the office to sign in if the gates are closed or if the children are in class when you arrive
with your child.
If you need to collect your child during the school day please report to the office where you will be asked to
Education Welfare Officer (EWO)
Every school has a EWO who is concerned with all aspects of children’s welfare. It is part of their duties to
check registers and follow up regular absence and lateness. The EWO can be contacted through the school.
If your child is absent please contact the school before 9.30am on the first day of absence to inform the
school of the reason for the absence (the responsibility for authorising the absence lies with the school and
not the parent/carer); please avoid, if possible, making medical or dental appointments during school hours
and not take holidays during term-time.
We have a policy of first day contact to ensure that children are safe. If you do not contact us, we will contact
If no reason for absence is given to us then the absence is regarded as unauthorised and will be reported as
Holidays and leave of absence during term time
We follow the guidance provided by the Department for Education with regard to holidays taken during term
time. Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their child receives a full education. A new law under the
Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 came into effect on 1st September 2013 stating
that Head Teachers cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time. Camestone School Governors
have decided that holiday absences which have not been agreed will be marked as unauthorised absences
and will be referred to the Local Authority for consideration of a Penalty Notice or other action.