We strongly believe that there is a direct link between children's progress and a child’s level of attendance. We take seriously our responsibility of monitoring and addressing attendance issues and acknowledge that irregular attendance seriously disrupts the continuity of learning for children. It is essential that home and school work together to ensure all pupils at Springfield Junior School get the best start in life.
Did you know…? 90% attendance means that your child misses on average:
One half day every week
Nearly four weeks every school year
Over one school year in a school career
Being 5 minutes late every day means missing about 3 days of school every year!
Children are able to attend school from 8.30 in the morning. A place at breakfast club can be booked for those who would would like to start before this. The gate closes at 8.45 and late arrivals will be admitted via the school office.
The morning session finishes at 12.00 for all year groups and Lunchtime finishes at 1.00.
We currently stagger our collection times - Year 3 and Year 4 at 3.15 and Year 5 and Year 6 at 3.20. This is to prevent overcrowding in our cloakrooms and on the playground.
If your child is to be absent from school for the day, please telephone the school office before 8:45am and select option ‘2’ on the school’s answering system. You will be asked to leave your child’s name, class and reason for absence. Please call in everyday to report your child’s absence. If you need to report a longer spell of absence please do so through the school office. Alternatively, you can email the school to inform us of your child's absence. The email address is: email@example.com.
For medical or dental appointments, please give advance notice and collect your child at the appropriate time from the school office.
Please be aware that Springfield Junior School’s registers close at 9:00 am. Any pupil who has not registered in class by this time will be marked as an unauthorised absence. This follows Suffolk recommendations for local schools.
Unexplained or frequent absences are investigated by the Educational Welfare officer. Recent legislation means that we now have to report the number of unexplained absences that we have during the year.
If your child becomes ill or is hurt at school, we will always contact you as quickly as possible. It is important that we have an up to date record of both your home and work telephone numbers. Alternative contact numbers can also be given. If we cannot contact you, we will act upon advice from the school’s first aiders. In the case of minor accidents, the school staff will administer first aid.