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SCHOOL TIMES

School starts at 8.45am
First Break is at 10.15-10.30am
Lunchtime is at 12.00-1.00pm
Last Break is at 2.00-2.10pm
School ends at 3.10pm

 

The school is locked during break and lunch times (see above) and we do not let any visitors in to the school during these times.  This is for safety reasons, we wish to avoid visitors accessing the school whilst the children are on the school playground.  If you do need to visit the school, please do avoid these times.  

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

Children may enter the school site from 8.30 a.m. and are supervised from 8.35 a.m. They should not gather in the Reception or Year 1 playground but use the main playground. They should not enter the school buildings until the school bell is rung at 8.45 a.m. which is the signal for the start of the school day. 

On wet days the children may come directly into the school hall, or if in Year 1 or R go straight to their classrooms from 8.35a.m. onwards, and not remain in the playground.

Parents are encouraged to leave their children in the playground and not accompany them to the classroom. In the case of Reception children this is flexible during the first few weeks.

A bell will be rung at 3.05pm indicating that children will be getting ready for home time at 3.10pm. At the end of school, children will be directed to the main playground or Reception playground where parents may wait to greet them.

 

NB:  If you arrive by car; the utmost consideration for others is essential.  We are lucky to have the village hall car park next to the school.  Please bear in mind that we use it courtesy of the Village Hall's Goodwill, and also that of our neighbours.  This goodwill needs to be matched by our consideration and sensitivity for others.

 

Parents are NOT permitted, for reasons of safety, to use the Staff car park at the back of the school, this also extends to parents dropping off for the Breakfast club.   with large numbers of children and parents using the staff car park exit, cars travelling in the opposite direction are an accident waiting to happen.  There are alternative places to park on Churchfield Way and in the village car park by the Co-Op, which have the benefit of allowing our children to use their legs!  you might also wish to consider, if you do live locally, whether the car is actually necessary at all.

 

Please remember that the disabled bays are for use by disabled badge holders ONLY - they are used on a daily basis.  Vehicles should not enter the school site from 8:30am - 3:30pm unless directed by a member of staff

 

LEAVING SCHOOL

During school hours pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises without the permission of the Headteacher. Permission is only granted if a request is made by the parent in person, by telephone or in writing. A parent or guardian or other authorised adult must collect the child. Children should be signed in and out at the school office. During lunch break pupils must remain on the premises.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

HOLIDAY REQUESTS – NEW REGULATIONS SEPTEMBER 2013

Until September 2013 the regulations allowed Headteachers to ‘grant’ leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in ‘special circumstances’ of up to ten days leave per year. This has been changed with Headteachers no longer able to grant any leave of absence during school time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. Our school policy on granting such absences will now have to reflect this change. 

 

Any requests for any leave of absence will ONLY be granted in accordance with the amended legislation. Such requests will have to demonstrate why ‘exceptional circumstances’ apply. My apologies for this change in policy a national initiative not a school one. Our attendance levels at Lady Joanna have always been exceptionally high, with parents understanding the importance of regular attendance and its impact upon their child’s learning.

 

If you have any queries regarding this change in policy, or your particular circumstances regarding a leave of absence from school, please contact the school for advice.

 

For more information click on the link Education Regulations Amendments 2013 – Absence from School

 

For any absence requests, you will need to fill out the application for leave of absence form and return to the school either via email to office@ladyj.kent.sch.uk or handed in to the school office

 

LATE ARRIVALS / SICKNESS ABSENCE

If your child is going to be late for school we would appreciate, where possible, a telephone call  advising us especially if a school meal is required. 

 

All absences must be reported on a daily basis by 9 am, otherwise an unauthorised absence may be recorded. You can let us know by either telephoning the school on 01233 801271 or by emailing our absence line The school is required to record a variety of different types of absence for each child; also we are obliged to record unauthorised absences and late arrivals.

For information regarding when your child should return after an illness please see our leaflet Should My Child Go To School

 

ABSENCE FOR APPOINTMENTS

We do understand that there are occasions where it may be necessary to take your child out of school for certain appointments, i.e Hospital, medical assessments, SLT, Orthodontist, emergency gp appointment, where it is difficult to change the appointment given.  However we do ask that you avoid taking your child out for routine dental, optician, and gp appointments.  Taking your child out of school during the school day can be detrimental to their attainment and progress and disruptive to the whole class.  There are 13 weeks of holidays, weekends and time after school for such appointments to be made.   

 

If an appointment is unavoidable during school time, please fill out the attached Absence for appointment form, or collect a form from the school office.  You will need to give as much notice as possible and, if it will affect the lunch period  - please let the school office know whether your child requires a school meal.

 

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