Epsom Downs Primary School & Childrens Centre

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Attendance

Our children like coming to school and attendance is high – around 95%              

We take attendance seriously and ask that parents make sure their children come to school every day, on time and in the correct uniform. We closely monitor the attendance of all pupils. If a child’s attendance falls below 85%, the school will support the family to get the child back into lessons as quickly as possible.

Reporting an absence

If your child is ill, you must contact the school office by 8.30am on the first morning of absence and inform us of their name, class, what is wrong with them and when you expect them to return to school. For every subsequent day that your child is absent, please ring the Office to confirm that they will not be attending.

When your child returns to school, we also require a note, explaining the reason for absence. This should be handed to the Office or to your child’s class teacher.

Should your child become ill during the school day, we will contact you to take them home. It is therefore vital that you provide the school with at least 3 current phone numbers of family or friends. Please advise the School Office immediately of any change in telephone numbers and emergency contacts for your child. There are orange forms at Reception for you to complete with details of amendments, or you can email your changes to enquiries@epsomdowns.surrey.sch.uk

If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea, it is important that they stay at home for 24 hours after the last bout (48 hours for the Day Nursery and Family Centre).

 

Punctuality

The school grounds are open from 8.30am when there will be a member of staff on duty in the KS2 playground. Unless they are attending Breakfast Club, children are not allowed on site before 8.30am. More information on Breakfast Club is available here .

The school day starts at 8.45am (8.55 in the Rainbow Unit) with registration and lessons. It is important that your child arrives on time to their classroom so that there is no disruption to their learning or that of other children. If you are going to be late for any reason, please ring the Office and then sign in at Reception when you arrive.

Any child who arrives late at school after the close of registration without good reason will be recorded on the official register as an unauthorised absence.

More information about absence, including unauthorised absences and Penalty Notices is available in your Parent Handbook.

First Aid and Medication

We are committed to the health and safety of our children and so a large number of staff around the school hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate. This allows them to deal with everyday first aid such as cuts and grazes, and emergency first aid should it be needed. If your child bangs their head, it will be recorded in an incident book and they will be given a note to take home to you informing you what has happened.

 Head Injury Information Leaflet

 NHS Choices

 In case of emergency, we will call an ambulance and inform you immediately.

We cannot administer medicines to children unless you have filled in the appropriate forms.

If your child is completing a course of medicine but is well enough to return to school, please give doses before and after school and at bedtime.

Should your child require long-term medication, an inhaler for example, we have a form that must be completed and all medication is kept in the individual's classroom.

If your child develops a medical condition, please share any information with the class teacher and the School Office so that we can update their medical records.