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Plaistow Primary School

The School Day and Attendance

Times of the School Day

The school gates open each morning at 8:45. Registers are submitted at 9:00 and pupils should be in class and ready to learn at this time.

Teachers set children early morning work to complete between 8:45 and 9:00. This is a time for children to settle into the day before formal learning begins. 


KS1 Morning Break: 10:30-10:45am (in addition KS1 has an afternoon break)

LKS2 Morning Break: 10:45-11:00am

UKS2 Morning Break: 10:20-10:30 and 11:30-11:40


EYFS Lunchtime: 11:30am

KS1 Lunchtime: 12:00pm

LKS2 Lunchtime: 12:25pm

UKS2 Lunchtime: 12:50pm


School finishes at 3:30 with the gates opening from 3:20.

Pupils must be collected by an authorised adult.

Pupils in Year 6 children may go home unaccompanied. This will require written permission from parents. However, this does not mean that they are allowed to collect younger siblings alone.

It is important that parents keep the school informed about who is collecting children. If you arrange for another adult or parent to collect your child you must let your child's teacher or the office know.


Attendance and Punctuality


At Plaistow we want every child to gain the most from their education and coming to school every day, on time, is an important part of children reaching their full potential.

Being late, even a few times a week, disrupts the rest of the class and can seriously effect your child's learning.

Being late and missing 10 minutes of school each day equates to missing 1.5 weeks over the course of the school year.


The school target for all children is 96% so we want all our children to come to school regularly and are only absent if they are ill.

If your child is unwell please ring the school office on 0208 548 5620.

If your child is absent due to ill health for three days or longer you will need to provide the school with some form of medical evidence (either a doctor's note or a copy of a prescription).


Parents should try their best to make any appointments outside of school time. However, if this is unavoidable you will need to show the school office proof of the appointment (email/ text confirmation, letter from doctor's surgery, etc).

Holidays During Term Time

The school will not authorise any holidays during term time except in exceptional circumstances. Mr Benoit can give more information to families regarding absences during term time.


Attendance Policy- Plaistow Primary School