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30/06/22

A beautiful, peaceful morning in Devon. Year Six slept brilliantly and woke up announcing it had been the best sleep of their lives! Ready for our last day of activities! https://t.co/zB0Z3HA4OR

29/06/22

Excellent climbing skills as well as superb encouragement, support and teamwork on display at indoor climbing this afternoon! https://t.co/6NL7mwMbjD

29/06/22

We're delighted the sun is shining again just in time for morning activities! https://t.co/eiScYCXIA2

29/06/22

The second full day of activities has begun for Year Six! They slept well through some stormy weather and are revived and ready for paddle boarding and indoor climbing! https://t.co/0CFHaDlVtu

28/06/22

Group C enjoyed bushcraft this afternoon. They built dens, learned how to start campfires and, most importantly, made smores! Now time for dinner and an evening quiz! https://t.co/yVWKclbIrn

28/06/22

Fantastic teamwork on display in this morning's raft building session and we enjoyed our dip in the sea! Off to coasteering after lunch! https://t.co/i9shNzRuPM

28/06/22

Year Six are ready to explore after a good night's sleep! Raft building and coasteering for Group A and B, while group C take on bushcraft, orienteering and archery! https://t.co/9EIEo7b6fb

27/06/22

Ready for bed after a fantastic first day of our Year Six camp! https://t.co/fnwBwdEgXU

27/06/22

Time for some football after dinner! https://t.co/CJXpOYfymx

27/06/22

After a long journey, year six have arrived in Devon for their residential trip! Their behaviour and enthusiasm throughout the journey was fantastic and they are now touring the site before their first activity! https://t.co/1jz9BYl5Ct

10/06/22

This morning, some members of Pupil Parliament planted a special tree to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's platinum jubilee. We will all be able to watch it grow over the coming months and years! https://t.co/DgDIufd5oK

04/06/22

Thank you to our Young Voices choir for performing at at our Jubilee Celebrations! https://t.co/LJhxpC4H7v

04/06/22

Our pupils enjoyed a summer picnic last week to celebrate the Jubilee! Thank you to PATHS for organising such a delicious cream tea! https://t.co/QHMyGKNLcW

26/05/22

This afternoon, a group of pupil parliament representatives attended an Earth summit meeting at We created a school mission statement to address the climate crisis, as well as making seed bombs and collages using recycled materials! https://t.co/MdFV0u0nGp

23/05/22

Rehearsal done! Just the countdown to start! We can’t wait!! Parents, can you see us? https://t.co/b1zW1C83Qq

23/05/22

We have arrived at the O2! https://t.co/KgGG51Bvzh

22/05/22

Well Done to those pupils in Year 3 and 4 who participated in the Crystal Palace Cross Country Competition yesterday! You performed brilliantly. We were so proud to have you representing our school! https://t.co/JXuBGByChs

22/05/22

Our Reception pupils had a wonderful time at Battersea Park Zoo on Friday. It was a little rainy, but the animals more than made up for it! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made the day possible! https://t.co/CNxbHmx66b

20/05/22

Our Year 4 Pupils had a fantastic time at the Horniman Museum on Wednesday! Thank you for having us https://t.co/PvViOs0eYP

19/05/22

Year two enjoyed applying their knowledge of microhabitats to create minibeast hotels this afternoon. They thought carefully about how to ensure their hotels provided food, water and shelter. https://t.co/TMesgg0Ybb

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ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

At Harris Primary Academy Shortlands, we have high expectations of attendance from all pupils. We strive for every child to be in school every day. Regular attendance is essential to ensure children reach their potential both academically and socially.

Please make sure that your child is at school on time and here every day, unless they are too unwell to attend.

The school gates are open for the children to arrive from 8:30 am and close at 8:40am. Pupils start their learning from 8:45am. 

If your child is absent from school please let the school office know by emailing us at absences@harrisprimaryshortlands.org.uk 

The school day finishes at 3:25 pm for Early years and Key Stage 1, and 3:30 pm for Key Stage 2.

For safety reasons please remember to let the school office know by 2:30 pm if a different adult is collecting your child.

Children’s attendance will be celebrated in a variety of ways.

Termly Attendance

There will be certificates and prizes for children who achieve 100% attendance for each half-term. 

AUTHORISED AND UNAUTHORISED ATTENDANCE

  • It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to inform the school by calling or emailing as soon as possible on the first day of a child’s illness. If an explanation is not received, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and will remain on a pupil’s attendance record permanently. This continues throughout their time in primary, secondary and further education.
  • All absences due to illness, over two days in length may be required to be supported by medical evidence e.g. an appointment card/letter, copy of a prescription etc. (This can be shown/copied at the school office.)
  •  For planned medical absences to be authorised, a copy of the planned appointment letter must be given to school in advance for the appointment.
  • The DfE attendance advice published in November 2013 states:

“Headteachers should only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. If a Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for the Headteacher to determine the length of time that the child can be away from the school. “

To this end, there will be no authorised leave given to children for holidays or travel during term time. Such leave will be marked as unauthorised and the matter will be referred to the EWO who has the authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.

  • Absences are held on children’s records, reported at the end of the year to parents and the accumulated totals collated by the DfE.
  • When a child is absent due to vomiting and/or diarrhoea, please ensure that he/she is symptom free for at least 48 hours before returning to school.

 

PUNCTUALITY

Official Times

 

Doors open

Doors close

Unauthorised Late

EYFS

8:30

8:40

8:50

KS1

8:30

8:40

8:50

KS2

8:30

8:40

8:50

Children need to be in school before the doors close in order to receive a present mark in the register. If children arrive after the doors close, they must go to the office and sign in the late book and will receive a late mark. If children arrive after 9:30 they will receive an unauthorised attendance mark. Persistent lateness is disruptive to the class, can be distressing for the child and can affect learning as much as absence. The Education Welfare Officer may also identify and investigate persistent lateness.

For children who fail to achieve expected levels of attendance, parents will be informed either by phone or in person, with a view to providing support and advice to improve their attendance.

Every absence or late arrival at school means crucial learning time is lost.

Attendance during one school year

Means this many days absence in one academic year

Which is approximately this many weeks absent

Which means approximately this many hour of learning lost

95%

9 DAYS

2 WEEKS

50 HOURS

90%

19 DAYS

4 WEEKS

100 HOURS

85%

29 DAYS

6 WEEKS

150 HOURS