Daily Timetable  
Classroom Doors / Gates open 8.30am
Classroom Doors / Gates close 8.40am
Morning Breaktime 10.30am -10.45am
Lunchtime KS1 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Lunchtime KS2 12.15pm -1.15pm
Afternoon Breaktime Flexible
School Ends 3.00pm


All children should arrive in class between 8.30am - 8.40am.  Children unarriving to school after 8.40am must enter via the school office. T



Children who persistently arrive late for lessons can find it hard to settle into the class routines and disrupt the learning of other children. This can cause them to be unsettled and to find it difficult to concentrate. Please work with us to give your child the best start to their school day by ensuring they arrive on time.



If your child cannot attend school, parents are required to contact the school and leave a message on the school absence line.  If we do not receive a reason for your child's absence then we will try and contact you to find out why your child is not in school.  Should we be unable to contact you we may ask, our Education Welfare Officer to carry out a home visit.  


Wherever possible, we would ask that medical appointments be made outside of the school day, although we understand that this is not always possible. If you child does need to attend a medical appointment, ie dentist, doctors, hospital etc, you may be asked to provide evidence of this appointment. This can be in the form of a compliment slip from the surgery/other, giving your child's name and date of appointment, bearing an official signature and stamp.


What is a Persistent Absentee?

In September 2015, the definition for a 'persistent absentee' changed. Now if a child's attendance is below 90% they are classed as a persistent absentee regardless of the reasons for the absence.
Each half term, we meet with our Education Welfare Officer to review the attendance patterns for all children with an attendance below 90%.
Where attendance is a concern, parents are informed by letter. A meeting will be arranged in school to help understand the reasons for absence.
The School Nursing team may also become involved to support a child's health needs in order to improve their attendance.


Holidays During Term Time

A reminder that we are unable to authorise holiday during term time. Leave of absence applications are intended for families where there is an exceptional circumstance that requires a child to be away from school. If you do feel that you have an exceptional reason for requesting leave of absence, please complete a leave of absence form, available from the school office.


Holiday taken during term-time has an impact on your child's learning and attainment. In line with Government advice, if children are taken out of school without the Headteacher's authorisation, a penalty notice may be issued.



In order to reach us

Bitterne CE Primary School

Brownlow Avenue


SO19 7BX

Telephone Number

023 80499494


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