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Registers are important legal documents and are kept securely. The law requires schools to call the register twice a day:
At the start of the morning session i.e. 9.00 a.m.
Once during the afternoon session.
At Glastonbury Thorn the register is called at the start of the afternoon session at 12.30p.m. (EYFS) and 1.00 p.m. (KS1)
Children are marked either present or absent in the register. Particular attention is given to accurate registration; staff use consistent rules and coding for registration. It is our policy at Glastonbury Thorn to actively discourage the late arrival of children at school. A child who arrives late may seriously disrupt not only his/her continuity of learning but also that of others. A firm line is taken on late arrivals.
When a child arrives after the registration period the parent/carer bringing them to school must sign the Lateness Book at reception; the child will then be registered ‘late’ for that session. If a child arrives 30 minutes or more after the closure of the register, the lateness will be recorded as unauthorised absence for that session unless an appropriate explanation is received.