Bathampton Primary School

Together on a Learning Adventure

Routines & Absence

School times


Children can come into their classes from 8.40am to prepare for the day. If parents arrive with their children before 8.40am, they are requested to wait with them. For security reasons the front doors of the school are locked at 8.50am. Anyone arriving after 8.50am will need to come in via the office entrance.


Morning Drop Off and Daily registration


Registers are taken at 8.50am. Children arriving after 9am will be marked as a late arrival. Parents should report to the office to sign their child in, recording the time of arrival and reason for lateness.


Please drop your child at the following gates to the school where they will be welcomed by a member of staff:

Daily Breaks


There is a morning playtime of 20 minutes from 10.35-10.55am for all classes. Children from Reception to Year 2 also have a 10-minute break in the afternoon. The morning ends at 12.05pm for children from Reception to Year 2 and at 12.15pm for children from Year 3 to Year 6. In the afternoon, lessons start at 1.20pm and finish at 3.15pm.


Collecting children from school


Parents are welcome to meet their children at the main entrance in front of the school. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 leave by side doors. Reception children are collected from the right hand side gate that they enter. Parents are asked to be punctual in collecting their children at the end of the school day.


School Safe 'No Parking' Zone


Parents are asked to respect the Safe Zone in front of school at drop off and pick up by parking in The George car park and walking the short distance through the churchyard to school. This includes no parking in Tyning Road and Church Close.



When a child is unwell, parents are asked to phone the school before 8.30am and leave a message on the absence line. Please state the child's name, class and brief details of the illness.  This can be done the evening or weekend before if it becomes clear that a child will not be fit for school the next day.


Parents are asked to let us know immediately if their child has an infectious illness. Please note that the Local Authority publishes guidance on certain illnesses, which requires children to be kept at home for 48 hours after the last episode. This helps to reduce the risk of passing bugs on to other children. Please phone the School Office for advice if you are unsure.


Holiday requests in term time


Children need the continuity and security of undisrupted learning in school. The law states that schools can only authorise holidays in term time in exceptional circumstances. A pupil’s absence in term time can seriously disrupt their learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared after their return for the lessons building on the ones they have missed. This is particularly damaging at the start of the academic year and at the start of terms. There is a consequent risk of under-achievement which the school and parents must avoid term-time holidays. Parents are reminded that important assessments take place during the Summer Term and that the weeks leading up to these are crucial for a child’s preparation.


In exceptional circumstances, a planned absence may be requested using the holiday/absence request form

Request to take your child out of school during term time