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15/12/19

Final Christmas elf! https://t.co/HIi7HiLOm0

15/12/19

Year six Christmas elves wrapping up gifts for children living in care this Christmas. https://t.co/q5wgUHopms

13/12/19

Sasha and Jasmine's cloud time lapse above the Harpenden Academy roof top. https://t.co/LaHm8j1Je6

13/12/19

Max's pineapple time lapse, very impressive! https://t.co/lJ1JtVxaGB

13/12/19

Time lapse art work from Inka and Charlotte during our Creative Friday session! Well done girls! https://t.co/bromIhJDnX

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/arziFG5PQz

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/xqKyfr5g2g

13/12/19

Creative Friday science paiting our Volcanoes. https://t.co/H2Ny4AvgQ8

13/12/19

This morning our children went out and spoke to drivers who had stopped outside our school illegally. The children gave them letters telling them about the impact it has on us. Thank you for a great Mini Police unit! https://t.co/k7iQl3PsoG

13/12/19

Year 6 musicians created their own songs at the end of our ukulele unit. Well done Year 6, you are very talented! https://t.co/B0UebCWp34

12/12/19

The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?! https://t.co/bBxYMFqkPb

12/12/19

Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/DsFBdBnOIF

11/12/19

Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far! https://t.co/xRyIqA4mQf

10/12/19

Year six unwrap today’s book advent! https://t.co/e0E5uhzcdB

06/12/19

Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon! https://t.co/2FE7cCREkQ

06/12/19

Lucian's basketball caveman! https://t.co/BJwsYzrYob

06/12/19

An entertaining Stop Motion animation from Evie and Jasmine. https://t.co/1XJirOYycA

04/12/19

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! https://t.co/439afnsRDk

04/12/19

Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum. https://t.co/rffM6yOalD

04/12/19

Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house. https://t.co/e46KsmVTh1

04/12/19

Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection. https://t.co/LnRXaNjNSO

04/12/19

Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas. https://t.co/dubTrROaH1

03/12/19

Energising wintery cross country this morning. https://t.co/Nz6yhfXFiZ

03/12/19

Learning to independently follow a recipe to make shortbread today. I loved their use of technical vocabulary whilst cooking. Well done Austen class! https://t.co/hsHL1titxr

03/12/19

A brilliant live learning for Elmer this morning- taking part in a carousel of spelling strategies! https://t.co/VbrbdD4VUu

02/12/19

Kerr Class had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit of things! https://t.co/JkmPeuwPVR

02/12/19

Feeling festive in Potter Class. Christmas Cake making https://t.co/9TuFQpCWKw

29/11/19

Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their clay tile workshop at St Albans Cathedral! https://t.co/634BaqEsdW

28/11/19

EYFS are incredibly excited about our upcoming nativity and have created some art work (Whoops a Daisy Angel) https://t.co/hgoU4ufW7e

28/11/19

Fantastic creative Thursday cookery session baking chocolate chip cookies. https://t.co/XbCnnrCmhq

28/11/19

Creative Thursday! Learning about human digestion system. https://t.co/yMLrh9I33w

26/11/19

The children in Austen showed our value of the month 'courage' when trying a new delicious Scottish dish - Haggis (meat and vegetarian options were available). We are learning about great British dishes and this week focused on Scotland in preparation for St. Andrew's Day! https://t.co/nmIUuYatg5

22/11/19

Some traffic on the M25 ETA now 4.15pm for Austen and Kerr

22/11/19

Austen and Kerr class have had a fabulous day! We are now on the coach on our way back. Due back about 4pm. Will keep Twitter updated. https://t.co/pQujOLRw9y

22/11/19

Look who we found on the path! https://t.co/0y6TffQUPU

22/11/19

What amazing animals and plants we have been lucky to see! https://t.co/Lk5BpqkSBi

22/11/19

We are really enjoying our tour on how plants and animals have adapted to the rainforest habitat! https://t.co/2ZtsPVxOAl

Attend Every Day

Punctuality

Each day will begin with a 'soft start' between 8:30am and 8.45am. School with start at 8:45am.  It is important that children arrive before this so they are on time to class and ready to start learning.  The registers close at 8:50am when lessons start.

School finishes at 3.20pm for all of the years unless your child has an after school club. Clubs finish at varying times, please make sure you read the consent form so that you know the time to collect your child. Please collect your child on time, if a club is cancelled for any reason you will be informed by text.

On the last day of each term – Christmas, Easter and Summer, school closes at 12pm.

Absence

Children must attend school every day unless they are unwell.  If your child is unwell you must phone the school office before 8:30am.  The school will automatically call parents who have not rang the school by 9:30am. Authorisation for morning or afternoon absences will be considered for reasons like illness or other unavoidable circumstances.  Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no ‘leave’ has been given.  This could include; unexplained absence or concerning attendance levels.

Parents/carers who are experiencing difficulties in getting their children into school should contact the schools admissions officer via the office at an early stage and work together with staff in resolving any problems.

Attendance

Whilst 100% attendance, in reality is not always possible, 97% is achievable and expected. We look at every child’s attendance and if there is a concern communication will occur between school staff and parents/carers either by letter or a meeting. If the attendance level fails to improve this may lead to a referral to our Education Welfare Officer for additional support.

Parents/carers with responsibility are required to ensure that children of compulsory school age receive efficient full time education.  They are legally responsible for ensuring that children attend and stay at school unless official alternative arrangements are made for their education.

Holidays

Headteachers are no longer able to grant requests for holidays to be taken by pupils during school time, unless in exceptional circumstancesFollowing a change to the 2006 regulations – the Statutory Instruments 2013 No.756: The Education (Pupil Registration) England (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

In exceptional circumstances parents can apply to the school for an Absence Request Form which must be completed and returned to the office explaining the reasons for the request – at least two weeks prior to the dates requested.

Emergencies

Parents/carers should make every effort to keep phone numbers up to date so that we can contact home in the case of absence or emergency. Should you need to collect your child in the event of an emergency please contact the office and your child will be collected from class.

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