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Attendance, Timings of the School Day, School Meals

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Attendance and punctuality

  • We expect your daughter to be in school every day and on time unless:
  • She is too ill to attend
  • She has a medical appointment that can only be made in the school hours
  • Other extreme circumstances where permission has been agreed by the Headteacher

Leave of absence in term time

We do not authorise holidays during term time.  If you require your daughter to be absent from school for exceptional circumstances, you will need to request a leave of absence application from The Pupil Office.  The Headteacher will consider these requests on an individual basis, taking into account the student’s attendance record and the circumstances surrounding the request.

What will we do to monitor attendance and punctuality?

  • We will contact you on the first day of absence by text if you have not previously informed us of the reason why your daughter is absent
  • Send you regular attendance and punctuality statistics 
  • Contact you and arrange a meeting to discuss any concerns we have over attendance and persistent issues with punctuality

Guidance for parents/carers 

  • Please reinforce our expectations regarding full attendance and excellent punctuality with your daughter
  • Support Prendergast School staff when we take action over punctuality and truancy
  • Let us know of any change in contact details immediately
  • Contact Prendergast School to inform us about any absence, on the morning of the same day
  • Ensure that your child completes any work that has been sent home or that she catches up with any work that has been missed

Excellent attendance is important because:

  • We want all students to take advantage of the opportunities provided.  Evidence shows that there is a direct link between poor attendance and under-achievement. Students not in school are more at risk of failing to achieve.  In addition, they run a greater risk of getting involved with crime or becoming victims of crime.
  • The law requires parent/carers to be responsible for ensuring that their children attend school and are on time

Timings of the School Day

The timings of the School day on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

08.50-09.15  Registration

09.15-10.55  Periods 1-2

10.55-11.15  REC

11.15-12.55  Periods 3-4

12.55-13.45  LUNCH

13.45-15.25  Periods 5-6


Timings on a Thursday

08.50-10.30 Periods 1-2

10.30-10.50 REC

10.50-12.30 Periods3-4

12.30-13.20 LUNCH

13.20-15.00 Periods 5-6

Registration is in the morning at 8.50am which is preceded by a warning bell at 8.45am.  We expect all students to be at their tutor bases by 8.50am.  Students must additionally ensure that they are punctual to all lessons as poor punctuality to lessons can result in a truancy mark.

School Meals

Our School Meals provider is Olive Dining. Click on the links to see the menu offer in the Autumn Term. You might also like to look at Olive's Autumn and Winter Seasonal cards for seasonal meal inspiration at home. 

Menu - Week 1

Menu - Week 2

Menu - Week 3

Autumn and Winter Seasonal cards 


Please see Olive Dining's Food Allergen Information


Free School Meals 

Please see information below for free school meals and School transfers: