Regular attendance and punctuality is an important factor in raising the achievements of pupils. Even short absences can have a detrimental effect on children’s learning and late arrivals can be disruptive and affect the learning of the other children in class. Early poor attendance habits follow right through from primary to secondary school and into employment and so we expect all children to be at school, and on time, every day that the school is open, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all we can to encourage children to attend.


Howes Attendance Leaflet


What Are Our School Times?

8.55am: School day begins

9.00am: Register is taken

12.00pm: Reception and KS1 lunch break

School day ends for Nursery children

12.15pm: KS2 lunch break

1.00pm: Afternoon session begins for Reception and KS1

1.15pm: Afternoon session begins for KS2

3.15pm: School day ends for Reception and KS1

3.20pm: School day ends for KS2

All the children have a morning break and younger children also have a short afternoon break



If your child is going to be absent from school please inform us as soon as possible. If we have not been informed by 9.30am a text message/call will automatically be sent to the parents/carers. If there is no response to this message and there is any doubt about the whereabouts of the child, the class teacher will notify the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Inclusion Manager who will contact the parents or guardian to check on the safety and well being of the child.


Poor Attendance

The Government has stated that if a child’s attendance figure goes below 85% they are classed as persistently absent. This equals to just 30 school days, so please help your child by ensuring they are in school unless there is a valid reason for their absence.


Exceptional Leave

There is no automatic right to any leave of absence, and all schools in Coventry are encouraged to adopt a policy of not authorising exceptional leave. Being mindful of this, only in very exceptional circumstances will the school grant leave of absence during term-time. An Exceptional Leave form is available from the school office for parents requesting absence due to exceptional circumstances. Each request will be considered on an individual basis.



Parents are asked not to send their child to school if he/she is unwell. When children have been off school with sickness or diarrhoea parents are requested to keep them at home for 48 hours following the last attack.