Compulsory school age applies to children between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.
The Education (Guernsey) Law, 1970, places a legal duty on the parents/carers of every child of compulsory school age to ensure that they are receiving efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and to any special education needs they may have. This can either be by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
The 1970 Law also places a legal responsibility on parents/carers to make sure that their child attends the school they are registered at on a regular basis. If a registered pupil of compulsory school age fails to achieve regular attendance at school, the parent/carer is guilty of an offence and may face prosecution in the Magistrates' Court.
If children are unwell they should be kept at home, the school must be notified on the first day of absence giving detail of their illness please. (Please follow current Covid 19 guidance [see Gov.gg website] for schools if your child is displaying any of the symptoms).
The absence will then be recorded as an authorised medical absence, for register purposes. We would ask that parents keep the school informed of a child’s medical progress every day.
Parents should therefore, either write a note, email or telephone the School Office (Tel: 822173 email@example.com ) to explain any absence.
If a child becomes unwell at school it is vital that we are able to contact parents or relatives who are able to collect their children as we are unable to provide for them comfortably at school.
Pupils can arrive at school from 8:15am, when staff are on duty on the bottom playground. During summer months children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 may be met at the Meadow by staff. In wet weather and during winter, they should also be dropped off at the bottom playground.
The whistle goes at 8:25am, when pupils enter school ready for registration. If a pupil arrives at school later than 8:25am, they should enter school via the main reception, where they will sign in the late book.
Arriving on time for school is an important part of learning. Being on time ensures that children make the most of all the available learning time.
If a pupil arrives at school after the register closes they will be recorded as late and the number of minutes late recorded. Secondary pupils may be required to make up these minutes at the end of term. Persistent lateness will be followed up with parents by the Inclusion Manager and where necessary will be referred to the Schools Attendance Service.
When children go home for lunch, they should not arrive back on school grounds before 1:15pm.
Children will be given permission to leave school for dental or medical appointments. Please advise the class/form teacher in writing, or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone the School Office (Tel: 822173).