Sidegate Primary School

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Attendance (Late/Absence Procedures)

This page will be updated over the summer with our new timings, in readiness for September 2021 opening.

Attendance from 8th March 2021:

Pupils must be in school by 9am. Any absences must be reported by telephoning the school. 


The Government’s guidance states:

School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from 8th March.

The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)

  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct


If you are concerned that you may struggle to get your child into school, then please call the school urgently to discuss their needs with either Mr Bishop, Mrs Tanner or Miss Wood.


Morning Arrivals

We will continue with our staggered arrival from 8.40am to 9.00am, as this works well. Please continue to follow the one way systems. 


Afternoon Pick-up

Last term we reduced the timings of our staggered pick-ups, but this did lead to much more congestion on the playgrounds and the pavements. So, initially, pick-up times will be as follows:


  • Little Acorns 3.00pm
  • Year R 3.05pm
  • Year 1 3.10pm
  • Year 2 3.15pm
  • Years 3 & 5 3.05pm
  • Years 4 & 6 3.15pm
  • Sun Bears 3.00pm
  • Harriers 3.15pm



Why is attendance at school so important?  Read the guides below.


Refer to our Attendance Policy under our Policies section, which includes temporary COVID-19 Amendments approved by the Governing Body on 14th July 2020.

Sidegate Education Welfare Officer contact information: Alison Woods 01473 265148


Absence Request Form

Wednesday 21st July is the last day of term. Children return on Monday 6th September.