Absence and Lateness

We are proud of our good attendance rates, and these are reported in our weekly newsletter “Rushey Greenpaper” sent to all parents/carers. Congratulations to those pupils who achieved 100% attendance.

Good attendance and punctuality are vital. Please notify the school in writing or by telephone if your child is absent or late. There is an answering machine in the main office so a message can be left at any time. A verbal message from a child is not acceptable.

We will follow up any unexplained absence or lateness with a phone call and/or a letter. Punctuality and absences are regularly monitored by the school’s Educational Social Worker. School attendance is a legal requirement which is enforced by Lewisham Council - further details can be found on their website

When a child is obviously unwell, the best place to be is at home with an adult. A sick child will be very unhappy at school and unable to cope with schoolwork. If the illness is infectious, other children and teachers may also become ill, so the child must be kept at home.

Should your child have an infectious illness, tell us as soon as the doctor has confirmed this.

If your child needs to leave school during the day, please let us know in writing. Unless we have contact from the parent, the child will not be allowed to leave the school premises.

Remember to be punctual!

Children need to be in school by 8.50am, ready to start at 9.00am
Children arriving after 9.00am must report to the school office to collect a “late note”.
If your child is regularly late, even by three minutes every day, this can add up to over seven and a half hours of lost learning time in one month, 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school
At the end of the school day, children must be collected on time at 3.15pm
Children must also be collected promptly when after-school clubs finish



Please note

  • The local authority are monitoring unauthorised absence
  • Holidays must not be taken during school term time
  • The Headteacher can only authorise certain absences in cases of absolute emergency

Time out for family holidays - see our Attendance Policy for more information

  • The school will not authorise any time out for family holidays. Only at the discretion of the school and in exceptional circumstances, may leave be granted but parents must put their request in writing. If the absence is for an extended period, the school may seek to off-roll the pupil and the parents will need to apply for re-admittance to the school.
  • Doctors / dentist appointments are not absences unless the child misses the whole session.
  • A child who has a medical/dental appointment and then comes to school later, can be credited with an attendance for the whole session provided they have attended at the first possible opportunity – this is acceptable lateness. The situation is the same for children who leave school after registration for a good reason such as illness or to attend a medical appointment.
  • Authorisation for absence for religious purposes will be considered on request. The special circumstances code is to be used at the discretion of the school, e.g. death in the family, moving house etc. All requests for absence must be discussed with the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher before authorisation.