Schools are legally required to take a register of pupils first thing in the morning and in the afternoon. Flanshaw School opens at 8:50am and pupils should be in class by 9:00am for registration so that they do not get a late mark.
If a pupil is late but the register is still open (up to 9:30am) they are marked as late. If the register has already closed when a pupil arrives late and without a satisfactory explanation, it may be classed as an unauthorised absence. If this happens regularly, it takes it's toll on a child's overall educational experience and could lead to legal action for not ensuring regular and punctual school attendance.
Punctuality is extremely important for your child:.
- It ensures your child is making the most of their learning and not missing anything.
- Being late disrupts the lessons already in progress and disrupts other students - your child may be embarrassed by having to enter the classroom late as attention is drawn from the teacher.
- Being on time brings routine to your child's day and helps them to settle well into their learning - arriving late can throw them off for the whole morning or even the whole day.
- A child arriving 15 minutes late each day, misses almost 2 weeks of education a year!
- A regular and punctual attendance pattern will help your child when they enter the world of work.
The link between attendance and attainment in school is clear - the more a pupil is in school, the more they increase their attainment opportunities and success in life.