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The School Day, Attendance and Illness

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.50am and ends at 3pm.  Children can arrive at school from 8.40am onwards.  Before this time they must not be left unsupervised in the playground or other areas of the schools grounds.

Lunchtime runs from 12pm – 1pm.

Illness and Medical Appointments

If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please contact the school before 9am, preferably by phone (01223 840299) and state the child’s name and class and reason for absence.  You should contact the school each day your child is ill.

Children suffering from stomach bugs or similar illnesses should not return to school until 48 hours after the last instance of vomiting or diarrhoea.

Attendance

The Trumpington Federation sees 95% attendance as the minimum expectation for all students and strives for all students to attend more than 97%.

Lateness

Registration takes place twice a day: at 8:55am and 1:05pm.

Any student arriving in school after registration has been taken will be recorded as late. If they arrive
after registration period has finished they will be recorded as ‘U’ (unauthorised absence). At The Trumpington Federation, registration period is 15 minutes long and ends at 9:10am.

Term-Time holidays

The Trumpington Federation will not authorise holiday during term time.

Unauthorised term time leave and penalty notices

Any parent who takes a child out of school for term time leave of six or more consecutive sessions (a session is a morning or afternoon) over a four week period, not authorised by the Federation (under the exceptional circumstances rule), may receive a Penalty Notice.  

Please click to see our  attendance policy for further detail or see the letter below from the County Council.

Medical / dentists appointments

Please bring a copy of the appointment letter to the office if you have one.  You will be asked to complete a form to request the time away from school.