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08/02/24

🔥 🚒 👩‍🚒 Firefighter Visit 👩‍🚒 🚒 🔥 Our students have the opportunity to meet experts from a range of careers. Today, Year 2 were visited by Emma - a firefighter from London Fire Brigade. They showed off their fantastic knowledge of The Great Fire of London and also learned more… pic.twitter.com/MdY98tPtBG

07/02/24

🎓🔴⚡ Yesterday's Red Cluster University Challenge for Y5 & Y6 at HPAS ⚡🔴🎓Yesterday, children from Y5 and Y6 across Red cluster faced off in the thrilling ‘Red Cluster University Challenge’, showcasing their knowledge across our broad and balanced curriculum. From… pic.twitter.com/bJPxatY1mA

06/02/24

🖌️📜🇨🇳 Whole School Chinese Calligraphy Workshop at HPAS 🇨🇳📜🖌️HPAS celebrated the art of Chinese Calligraphy with a whole school workshop! Students from every year group had the chance to dip their brushes into this ancient art form, learning about its cultural significance… pic.twitter.com/BbjFe3uDD3

05/02/24

📖 🐉 🏫 Year 5 Author Adventure 🏫 🐉 📖 Our Year 5 pupils had a fantastic time this afternoon attending a talk by about her new book Paper Dragons: The Fight For The Hidden Realm. They were inspired the story of how she became a published author and came away… pic.twitter.com/kDg5G6Dw14

02/02/24

🐻‍❄ Polar bear class also had a wonderful time! Thank you 🐻‍❄ pic.twitter.com/iOexKiq3EU

02/02/24

🌟❄️📘 First February Stars of the Week at HPAS 📘❄️🌟Congratulations to our first Stars of the Week for February at HPAS! Kicking off the month with remarkable achievements, these students have shown exceptional dedication, kindness, and academic excellence. Here's to many… pic.twitter.com/8APFOzCUmm

02/02/24

📚🐧👶 Reception Penguin Class Visits Shortlands Library 👶🐧📚The Reception Penguin Class from HPAS had a delightful trip to Shortlands Library! Immersed in a world of stories, they explored books, shared tales, and ignited their love for reading. A wonderful adventure in the… pic.twitter.com/ZiilsWiADi

31/01/24

Update:We are about to travel through the parent aisle in the O2. We will be at Wagamamas shortly.

31/01/24

🎶🎶 🎶🎶 Can we get a shout out for Harris Primary Academy Shortlands! We are all HUGE fans!!! pic.twitter.com/vWjGOpLRjI

31/01/24

🎤🎵🏟 Young Voices at the O2! 🏟🎵🎤Exciting news from HPAS - our Young Voices choir has arrived at the O2 Arena! Ready to lift their voices in one of the world's most iconic venues. It's going to be an unforgettable experience filled with music, energy, and joy. WE ARE VERY… pic.twitter.com/h0Bh5DEKXH

30/01/24

🗣️🗣️Parent Forum🗣️🗣️Our parent forum is about to begin on Teams! We hope to see many of you there to celebrate the positives and discuss how we can make our academy even better!#AspireBelieveFlourish pic.twitter.com/MyK2AE6pLG

26/01/24

🔬💻🧮Careers in STEM 🧮💻🔬This afternoon Year 4, 5 and 6 had a visit from STEM ambassadors. They loved the opportunity to learn about the fascinating studies and careers in science, technology, maths and engineering. 🧬🧮💻 pic.twitter.com/ESK5kM2ZiC

26/01/24

🧪 🖥️ STEM Ambassadors ⚙️ 🧮 We were extremely fortunate to host a STEM ambassador event at HPAS today that was streamed to three other academies. Inspiring!#InspiringTheFuture pic.twitter.com/resOrrJILy

26/01/24

🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️ Athletes in Schools🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️Victoria Ohuruogu worked with our ‘Athletes of the Future’ to develop their sprinting technique. Thank you for organising this inspiring event! pic.twitter.com/HPo3TG91Ei

26/01/24

🌟 🥇 🏃 Ready, steady, go! 🏃 🥇 🌟 The children at HPAS are thrilled to have Victoria Ohruguoru visiting. Victoria's inspiring assembly on patience and perseverance has set the stage for an unforgettable experience. 🌟🏃‍♀️ … pic.twitter.com/EZL9n81pDI

25/01/24

🐦🌿🔍 Year 6 Explores Evolution and Inheritance 🔍🌿🐦Year 6 at HPAS dived into the fascinating world of Evolution and Inheritance! Today's lesson revolved around Charles Darwin and his Galapagos finches discovery. Experimenting with various utensils as 'beaks', they grasped… pic.twitter.com/DPRWvl7zpH

23/01/24

🪨🔭 Rocking Scientists! 🔭🪨Year 3 have been consolidating their Science learning about rocks and soils. So far they have been exploring the properties of some sedimentary rocks, identifying which rocks are permeable, what different rocks are used for, whether these rocks can… pic.twitter.com/deUI6r21jg

20/01/24

Travel UpdateWe aim to be back at the academy slightly later than planned due to a train not running. We will arrive back at Shortlands station at 11:23. You are welcome to collect from there. (Please communicate this to the parent WhatsApp group). You are also welcome to…

20/01/24

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Attendance

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