Monday to Friday AM: 8:45am to 11:45am

Monday to Friday PM: 12:30pm to 3:30pm


Infants and Reception:

(KS1 + FS): 8:55am to 11:30am & 12:30 pm to 3:30pm



(KS2): 8:55am to 12:30pm & 1:30 pm to 3:30pm



All children must arrive at school by the time the bell goes at 8:55am and, if going home for lunch, should return by 1:30pm. Lateness after the gates close at 8:55am will incur a ‘Late Mark’ in the attendance register, which will then be recorded on your child’s attendance record. We ask for your co-operation in ensuring that your child arrives at school on time, as valuable curriculum opportunities are lost through continued late arrivals! If any child is to arrive late then an adult must accompany them into the school building as the child needs to be signed in automatically using our new system.

Persistent lateness, or absence, may result in a visit by the school’s Education Welfare Officer.

Your child also needs to be collected on time at the end of the day (3.30pm). Children can become very upset if the person collecting them is late.



For children to make the most possible progress in their learning, they need to be in school every day. Missed days mean missed learning which as a result can cause for your child to be behind their peers. Children need to aim for 97% attendance. If a child has below 90% you are at risk of receiving a visit from the Education Welfare Officer.




Below are the recommendations from the Public Health Agency for common illness’ that children often take time off school for.


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Recommended period to be kept away from nursery/ school

Diarrhoea and/ or vomiting 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Conjunctivitis None
Head lice None
Tonsillitis None
Glandular fever None
Warts and Verrucae None
Chickenpox Five days from the onset of rash
Hand, Foot and Mouth None
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment
General cough and/ or cold None
Minor Headache None
Sore throat None


If your child is absent from school please phone the school office 01332 346230 and leave a message stating:

Child’s Name
Year Group
Reason for Absence

If you do not report your child’s absence, we will phone you to ask where your child is. If we cannot contact you we will attempt to undertake a home visit.

As part of our Safeguarding policy we have to ensure all children who are not in school are safe, please help us to do this!!



Please try to make any doctor, hospital or dentist appointments out of school time, however we know sometimes that this is not possible. If your child does have an appointment during school time and needs to be collected you must bring the letter/appointment card into school for us to authorise the absence and allow you to take your child out of school.



Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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