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Christ Church CE Primary School

'Let your light shine' Matthew 5:16


Opening and Closing Times


07:45am - Breakfast Club (£3 charge per child per day which is prebookable).

08:35 - School Gates open.

08:45 - Compulsory school day begins. Registers are taken at 08:45, and close at 08:50.

10:15 - KS1 Breaktime

10:30 - KS2 Breaktime

12:00 - KS1 Lunch

12:15 - KS2 Lunch

15:15 - Compulsory school day ends. Gates are open for parents at 15:00. 

15:15-16:15 - After school clubs or tutoring which is prebookable.


The total hours in a compulsory school week is 32.5.





At Christ Church we have an Attendance Officer, Mrs Clarke, whose role is to support transition into our school, between classes, transition into secondary school and to support children who are vulnerable for whatever reason so that they can access learning in a classroom situation.  The role also extends to supporting the Headteacher with Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and by monitoring and enforcing the school's Attendance and Behaviour Policies.  

It is the policy of our school to celebrate achievement. Full attendance is a critical factor in ensuring positive educational outcomes for our pupils.  Our school will promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all our pupils. Our attendance target is set in line with the national target.               

Our school will give a high priority to emphasising to parents and pupils the importance of regular and punctual attendance.  We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home – school links and communication systems that can be utilised whenever there is concern about attendance.

If there are problems which affect a pupil’s attendance we will investigate, identify and strive in partnership with parents, pupils and Education Welfare Services to resolve those problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.  We will adopt a clearly focused approach aimed at returning the pupil to full attendance at all times.​


Please read below an introductory letter from our Education Welfare Officer, Jan Thompson.  

Meet Roary the Lion


Every week, during achievement service, the class with the highest attendance is awarded Roary.  He stays in their class all week to celebrate!  


Good attendance is important because pupils:

  • get on better with learning and other children;
  • cope better with school routines, work and friendships;
  • find learning easier because they do not miss out;
  • are more successful moving between primary school, secondary school, higher education and employment or training;
  • are known to be safe and well by us.

Holidays in term time

Holiday taken in term time will not be authorised except in exceptional circumstances.

Fixed penalty fines may be issued where unauthorised holiday or unauthorised absence totals 5 days or more. 

A term time holiday form should be obtained from the school before booking a holiday.

From time to time, we may send you a letter informing you of your child’s level of attendance, if it is at a level that gives us cause for concern.

Please see our attendance and punctuality policy below for more information:


If your child is unable to attend school because of illness, please inform the school by note or telephone as soon as possible by leaving a message with the school office. Please note that you are expected to call every day that your child is absent from school.


As instructed by the Medical Officer of Health, we request parents/carers ensure the following:

  • a child’s bowel action should have been normal for 48 hours before being sent back to school after an attack of diarrhoea
  • a child has been free from vomiting for 48 hours before being returned to school
  • a child has been free from fever, without the use of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school


Parents are expected to ensure that children are present at registration.  School gates open at 8.35 am.  Registers will close at 8.50am for all classes; children arriving after this time will be recorded as late, which is an unauthorised absence.  

If your child is going to be late to school please contact the school office by 9:30am.  After this time we will cancel any pre-booked dinners to ensure that neither yourself or the school will be charged.