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North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4QG
Tel: 01342 810302 | Email: office@westhoathlyschool.co.uk
Headteacher: Mr Adam J. Earle MA(Ed) NPQH

USEFUL INFORMATION

The School Day

The School begins at 08:45 with registration.  Please make every effort to ensure your child is punctual.  Pupils should not arrive on school premises before 08:30 unless they are attending a club before school.  A member of staff is on duty to supervise the playground area from 08:30.

SESSION TIMES - EYFS & Key Stage 1

  • 08:45 to 12:00  Morning Lessons
  • 12:00 to 13:10  Lunch Break
  • 13:10 to 15:15  Afternoon Lessons

SESSION TIMES - Key Stage 2

  • 08:45 to 12:15  Morning Lessons
  • 12:15 to 13:10  Lunch Break
  • 13:10 to 15:15  Afternoon Lessons

All children have a mid-morning break for 15 minutes and the younger children have an afternoon break at the descretion of the class teacher.

Behaviour

Full details of our approach to behaviour management may be found in the behaviour policy on the policies page of this website.

OUR GOLDEN RULES

  • We are kind. We do not hurt people with words or actions.
  • We are honest.  We don't cover up the truth.
  • We work hard and always try to do our best.  We do not waste time.
  • We are courteous and helpful.  We are not rude.
  • We care for the school environment and kep it tidy.  We do not waste or damage things.

Attendance & Sickness Absence

Good attendance and punctuality are very important.  A careful record is kept of attendance and punctuality.  

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or injury please telephone the school office on the first day of absence.  

Telephone: 01342 810302

Alternatively please email the school receptionist using the following address:

reception@westhoathlyschool.co.uk

The school have also arranged an online or phone app option for parents via the Studybugs scheme.  To find out more and download the app please follow the link by clicking on the image below:

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Absence due to genuine sickness will be authorised.  If in any doubt please contact the school office.  If your child is sick or has diarrhoea, they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last incidence of this even if they appear well otherwise.  If in doubt, or cases of other illnesses or infections please contact the school office for further details.

We would ask that parents endeavour to make medical appointments for their children outside school hours but recognise that this is not always possible. Absence to attend a medical appointment would be listed as authorised.

Absence for Other Reasons

Authorisation for absence from learning in exceptional circumstances is discretionary, not an entitlement.  It can only be authorised by the Headteacher.

Absence from learning during term time can no longer be authorised, following a change in government regulations, except in exceptional circumstances.  Absence for a family holiday is no longer considered exceptional circumstances.

A period in excess of ten school days cannot be authorised.

Absence without authorisation will be recorded as unauthorised.

If a child is absent, without authorisation, for more than ten sessions (five school days) or is persistently late, a penalty notice may be issued by the Educational Welfare Officer in the form of a fine.

A day’s absence to attend the funeral of a family member may be authorised.

A day’s absence to attend a family wedding, provided the parents have no control over the date of the wedding, may be authorised.

Absence for a family holiday will only be considered for authorisation if supported by a letter from the employer of the child’s parent stating that it is not possible for them to take their leave from work during school holiday periods.

Other circumstances may be considered on a case by case basis.  To request absence from learning during term time please download and complete the form below.  An absence will not be authorised unless you have received notification that this is the case.