Times of day

Year Group Start of day Break Lunch End of day

Key Stage 2

Years 3 - 6


Gates & classrooms open at 8:30am


8:40am gates close

10:30 - 10:45 am


12:20 - 1:00pm 



Key Stage 1

FS2 - Year 2


Gates & classrooms open at 8:30am

8:40am Gates close 

10.20 - 10.35am


12- 12.40pm



Breakfast club is also available to children across the school. If you would like more information on this, please refer to our 'Family Support' page and contact Mrs Ashfield, Mrs Challinor or Mrs Plested to organise. For any issue or concern, parents are welcome into school at any time. However, for less urgent issues or concerns, please telephone or email or request an appointment for another time. 

Please also remember that office staff are available to support with any issues and help where they are able to. The office is open from 7.45am until 4.30pm Monday-Thursday and 7.45am-3.30pm on Fridays. If messages are left, please ensure you leave your name, a contact number and details of your enquiry. 

Attendance and Absence

The attendance and lateness of children is monitored here at The Arches as well as the Educational Welfare Department of the local authority. From September 2015, the government stated that persistent absence is where a child’s attendance is below 90%.

Children should arrive at school from 8:30am. Active learning begins and the gates will close at 8:40am. If your child arrives after this time, your child will recorded as late. If three lates are recorded at any one stage, our Learning Mentor will issue a letter and be in contact with you to aim to improve the situation. 

Lateness affects children in a variety of ways:

·       They may feel embarrassed or upset about coming into a classroom once the session has begun.

·       They miss out on learning or on registering/ordering snack etc. 

·       They don’t feel included in the daily routine from the start and this affects confidence and well-being.

·       A child arriving late can disrupt the learning of the rest of the class.

Lateness Procedure

The school gates are locked promptly at 8.40 am. After this time you will need to bring your child/children into school through the main entrance where you will be asked to sign your child in at the school office, giving the time and reason for lateness.

Absence Procedure

If your child is unwell, please phone the school on the morning of your child’s absence by 9.00am. The office staff will record this information and will not need to bother you with follow up calls or letters.

If you forget to call in, a member of staff will follow up this absence either with a call or text asking why your child/children are not at school. In the first instance, this is to ensure the safety of your child. However, we also need you to clarify the reason for all absences or else we have to mark the absence as unauthorised.

Above 97%: Less than 6 days absence a year - Excellent attendance
95%:  attendance equates to 10 days absence in a school year - Good attendance
90%:  attendance equates to 19 days absence in a school year. Will be difficult for these children to achieve their best
85%: attendance equates to 29 days absence in a school year.  Classed as persistent absentees by the government.
80%: attendance equates to 38 days absence in a school year. Could result in legal action being taken by the Local Authority.

The Arches Community Primary School

Saughall Road, Blacon, Chester CH1 5EZ

Nicky Johnson or Sue Wilkins: SEN Contact

Michelle Ashfield: Headteacher

01244 667660


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