A Sad Number of Lates!

Getting into school on time is something we work hard on at Riverbank.

It’s really important that children get into school but it is equally important that they arrive in school on time.

The ‘all arriving together’ and the process of meeting up with friends, chatting, having the register taken and the general socialisation that goes on at the start of the school day, is important in children settling in for their school day.

If they are so late that they miss out on teaching time, that can be quite detrimental to the learning of the child.

Ten minutes late each day is fifty minutes a week….nearly an hour of lost time. It soon adds up to, maybe, a missed morning or, even, a missed day.

Over the last term and the beginning of this one, we have been keeping a careful note of the number of lates each day. The Authority record lates and it is part of the attendance procedure which may involve our Home School Liaison Officer, Mrs Thomson.

At the bottom of this post, I have placed the graphs for the lates. What is very worrying is the huge increase in lates since we have returned after the October holidays. The dark mornings don’t help but we would ask everyone to make an extra special effort to make it in on time!

Should any parent look for advice in ensuring their child makes it into school on time, please, do not hesitate to contact us.

As you can see the first week back we had 89 lates and 90 in the second week. Disappointing statistics.

These are the stats for last term. With the odd exception, there is a rising trend. Again, disappointing.



Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education…..


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