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Student Attendance

The School Week

The school week is organised into 25 one-hour lessons; five one-hour lessons a day. The day also incorporates registration and assembly time, and movement time to ensure lessons are one hour long.

The school is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm everyday for lessons, library work and community activities. Please see the study support timetable for an example of the types and range of activities and clubs that are on offer.

Students should arrive on campus by 8.20am each morning. Breakfast is available every day in the school canteen from 8.00 until 8.30am.

Students regularly have assemblies during tutorial time.

  • 8.30 Registration and Tutorial
  • 8.45 Session 1
  • 9.45 Movement time
  • 9.50 Session 2
  • 10.50 Morning Break
  • 11.05 Movement bell
  • 11.10 Session 3
  • 12.10 Movement time
  • 12.15 Session 4
  • 13.15 Lunch
  • 13.55 Movement bell
  • 14.00 Registration and Session 5
  • 15.00 Community Time (Voluntary)

The library is staffed until 4.15 pm every day (except Friday when the library closes at 4 pm) and students may work in there until that time. After 4.15 pm any student who is being collected by parents must wait in reception. The school cannot accept responsibility for students after 5.00 pm, unless they are taking part in a supervised sport, drama, music, dance or curriculum activity.

Late arrivals/Early departures

If a student arrives late to school, they must sign in at Student Services before going to lessons.

Any students leaving before the end of the school day for any reason must sign out at Student Services before they leave.

Students may only leave early if we have previously been advised by a parent by e:mail, telephone or letter or have a signed note in their planner from a parent explaining the reasons. This note must be shown at Student Services when signing out.

Absences due to illness

If a student is absent or late due to illness, or an appointment, the parent must inform the school either by telephone on the Student absence line 01727 799564 before 8.15am and on each day the student is absent or an email to absence@sandringham.herts.sch.ukA specific reason must be given for the absence. The school may ask for medical evidence to be provided if a student’s attendance is irregular or continues for a sustained period. The absence line is a voicemail system only.

Leave of absence during term time

Headteachers no longer have the discretion to allow time for a family holiday or to agree to extended leave for parents/carers to visit their country of origin during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Taking children out of school during term time means they would be losing valuable school time at the expense of their education. If your child is absent from school because of a holiday, which has not been agreed, then this will be classified as an unauthorised absence and you may be fined or legal action taken against you. If you feel that the circumstances for an absence is exceptional than an application must be made to school, prior to any arrangements being made. School will then decide whether or not the absence can be authorised.

To request such an absence, please download the Leave of Absence Form and once completed send it to Student Services.