St FrancisChurch of England Primary School

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Late/Absence Procedures

Key Information


  • Our school day begins at 8.45am and all pupils are expected to be in class by this time.
  • Morning registration is at 8.45am, with children registered as late if they arrive after 8.50am.
  • Registration closes at 9.05am. Arrival after the close of registration will be marked as unauthorised absence code ‘U’ in line with Hampshire County Council and Department for Education (DfE) guidance. This mark shows them to be on site, but is legally recorded as an absence.


If your child will not be in school, please ensure that our school office is notified by 9.00am at the latest on each day of absence. This is to ensure that we know where your child is and that they are safe. It is our procedure to telephone contacts to ensure that we know a child’s whereabouts if they are not in school and will continue to telephone all listed contacts until we hear. If we have not made contact with an adult who can confirm the child’s whereabouts and safety by 10.00am then we will take further action to ensure a child’s safety, this may include visiting your home or in circumstances of extreme concern, requesting the police to make a welfare visit. This procedure is in light of serious incidents throughout the country where schools have not taken safeguarding seriously enough when children are absent from school (please click here for an example).


Thank you for your continued support with this important matter; it makes a big difference to our children!