At Y Bont Faen Primary School we want every child to gain the most from their education; coming to school every day, on time, is an important part of children reaching their full potential.

Punctuality

We strongly encourage pupils to be punctual. Pupils who are consistently late are missing valuable learning time. In the event that lateness cannot be avoided, please report to the office and do not allow your child to walk around unattended as doors are locked when all classes are in the building.

School starts at:

8.55am for Morning Nursery

9.00am for Reception to Year 6

Afternoon Nursery starts 12.30pm

For Reception to Year 6, the gates to the playground are opened at 8.45am, to enable children to be in school on time and ready for the bell to ring.

School finishes at:

11.30am for Morning Nursery

2.55pm for Afternoon Nursery

3pm for Reception to Year 6

Attendance

The school target for all children is 97%, so we want all our children to come to school regularly and are only absent if they are ill.

Informing the school of absence

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please notify us by telephone, email or by using the enquiry link on the school website.

Children who have sickness and diarrhoea should be kept off school for 48 hours.

If your child becomes ill during school time it is important that we have up to date contact numbers so we can inform you of this

Appointments

Parents should try their best to make any appointments outside of school time.  If your child has an appointment in the morning, they should come back into school as soon as it is finished so they don’t miss their lessons. If your child has an appointment in the afternoon, they should come to school for the morning.

Absence for holidays

There are many experiences outside school that children can learn from that will enrich their lives. However, learners are only in school for a limited amount of time and we must ensure that we can make the most of this time for your child. If you do decide that you must book a holiday during term time, please take into consideration that if your child misses school he/she can fall behind with school work and do less well in tests.

Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 applies to England and Wales. “Regular attendance” at school means attendance in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school. This means that a governing body, rather than a child’s parent, must decide what constitutes “regular attendance” at school. In practical terms, this means that a parent still needs the permission of the headteacher to remove their child from school for a family holiday. If the headteacher does not give permission for the leave of absence, the absence is treated as an “unauthorised absence.” As such a parent can be issued with a fixed penalty notice (fine) for not ensuring their child attends school regularly.

Parents should not take their children out of school for a holiday without first obtaining the permission of the headteacher in advance. Under the 2010 Regulations, school have a discretionary power to authorise up to ten days absence during a school year for family holidays during term time if it is considered necessary.