Our School Day
Children arrive every morning through either the Key Stage One or the Key Stage Two gate. A member of the Senior Leadership team, plus additional members of staff are there to welcome yourself and your children into school. They can also help with any queries you may have.
Any late arrivals must go straight to the Main Office to be signed in and taken to their classes.
At the end of the school day, parents come and meet their children by their classrooms. With prior written permission, children in Year 6 are permitted to walk home independently.
Reception/Key Stage One
Morning break: 10:25
Home time: 3:05
Time in school per week : 31hours 15mins
Key Stage Two
Morning break: 10:30
Home time: Yr 3 3:10 Yrs 4-6 3:15
Time in school per week : 32hours 5mins
Children can arrive on site from 8:40am and will be registered in class by 8:50am. Arrivals between 8:50 and 9:00am are deemed late and an adult is required to sign in the pupil late book in the school office.
Arrival after the close of registration at 9:00am may be marked as unauthorised absence in line with the Essex and DfE guidance.
If you have any questions regarding attendance please contact the school office or Mrs Chase who would be happy to answer any further questions.
Punctuality & Attendance
Help your child to improve their attendance and achieve their best at school:
- Wherever possible, make medical appointments outside school hours.
- Do not take holidays during term time.
- Inform school of any reason for absence on the first morning of your child’s absence.
- Ensure your child is on time every day.
- Ensure your child attends every day. This develops good habits for later in life.
Leave of absence may only be granted where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides. Under the Pupil Registration Regulations 2013, amended regulation 7, the Headteacher, acting on behalf of the Governing Body, is prohibited from granting leave of absence to a pupil, unless he considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.
There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time; however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances. Holidays during term time will not be authorised. If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.
Collective worship is an important part of life at Grove Wood. Each week we link our assemblies to a new theme which may be connected to important annual events, such as Yom Kippur, Diwali and Christmas or we take a moment for reflection and focus on one of our SPARK values. Assemblies take place as a whole school, in phases and classes on a daily basis and remain an important way of keeping our school community together.