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Term Dates, Opening Times & Attendance

Elmridge Primary School actively promotes the expectation that attendance at school is a non-negotiable. It is also expected that children arrive on time for school and are ready to learn.

Any unauthorised absences are passed to our Trafford Absence Team who may fine both parents.

Opening Times

The school gates open at 8:40am and children are able to join their class from 8:45-8:55 am. The school gates will close at 9am. If you arrive after this time please report to the main office. Children arriving after 9am will be given a late mark.

The end of the school day is at 3:15pm for EYFS & KS1 and 3:20pm for KS2. Please collect your children from the playground. All parents and carers should be onsite and ready to pick up their children when school learning ends at 3:15 or 3:20pm.

For wrap around care please visit Kids Collective – and Elmridge Enrichment Clubs

From September 2023/2024

As you may be aware in the Government have published a mandatory change for schools to ensure they deliver 32.5 hours of education to pupils as a minimum expectation. This requirement is to take place from September 2024. Our school will need to change the opening hours to all pupils. The school day is set out below:

Start time: 08:50am

Finish time: 15:20pm

New total time: 32.5 hours

Gates to the playground will open at 8:40, school doors will open 5 minutes before the children are due to start, at 08:45am. This will allow all pupils to enter class calmly and be ready for school to start promptly at 08:50am.

School 2023/2024 Term dates

Autumn term 2023
Wednesday 6th September to Friday 20th October
Half term
Tuesday 31st October to Wednesday 20th December
Spring term 2024
Wednesday 3rd January to Friday 9th February
Half term
Monday 19th February to Friday 22nd March

Summer term 2024

Monday 8th April to Thursday 23rd May

Half Term

Monday 10th June to Thursday 25th July

*The school will also be closed on Monday 6th May (Bank holiday)

School 2023/2024 Term Dates

School 2024/25 Term Dates

Attendance & Punctuality

Elmridge Primary actively promotes the expectation that attendance at school is a non-negotiable. It is also expected that children arrive on time for school and are ready to learn. Elmridge attendance is on average 96% which is above the expected government target.

98% attendance and above is classed as excellent. We hope that this is the figure that most of our children reach which signifies only a couple of days off during the whole academic year.

95% attendance is classed as being good. To achieve this, your child would have had no more than 9 days off across the whole of the academic year.

We celebrate children who obtain 100% attendance through an award assembly at school where children receive certificates. Each week our classes compete to have the best attendance and this is celebrated during our Good News Assembly.

Attendance that falls below this percentage is carefully moderated by the Deputy headteacher, Headteacher and Education Welfare Officer.

Research shows that non-attendance and absence can have a negative impact on attainment and achievement. In addition to this regular attendance will help children to develop friendships, confidence and give them the best chance to achieve their potential.

Being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year.  Lateness is just as serious as non-attendance.   The start of the school day is an important time for children to develop their social skills with their peers, as well as preparing them for their learning. We start teaching by 9.00am and ‘late’ children miss out on vital skills such as phonics, guided reading, handwriting and/or basic number work.

Request for Absence

If you wish to request taking your child out of school for exceptional circumstances, you can download an exceptional leave form.  Past attendance and punctuality will play a part in the decision.

We appreciate the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays. However all time in school is important and we are expecting that you will fully support the school.  We will no longer grant time off school for holidays under any circumstances.

What can you do to support your child?

  • Always telephone the school office every day that your child is absent.
  • Try to make medical appointments in the holidays or after school as much as you can.
  • Be quite firm with your child. If you are unsure if your child is well enough for school then bring them in and trust that the staff will send them home if they really are unfit. Quite often the buzz and excitement in the classroom helps the child forget that they felt unwell in the morning.
  • Book holidays in the school holidays
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Elmridge Primary School
Wilton Drive, Hale Barns
Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 0JF
Ofsted Good CEOP