Welcome to Redbourn Junior School

Below is some general information about the school day.  For more detailed information on the school, please see our Parent’s Guide.

The School Day

8.55am – 3.20pm

Lunch 12.15pm – 1.15pm

Attendance and Punctuality (Please also refer to Attendance Policy)

Redbourn Junior School has a joint attendance policy with Redbourn Infant and Nursery School. The school has a legal obligation to monitor the frequency and type of absence (authorised, unauthorised or approved educational activity), and the punctuality of the children. If a child is absent a written note of explanation is required.  It is up to the school to decide how this absence is categorised. Parents should notify the school by telephone on the first day of absence before 9.30am.

If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea, they must not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.  This the Government’s recommended policy for the control of infections in school. To find out more, please see the link above to the full Government document.

Dentist, doctor or hospital appointments should be made out of school time. If this is not possible, a letter should be sent into the school office requesting time off.

Holidays during term time will not be authorised. In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher can authorise an absence. A form, requesting permission, must be completed by parents prior to any such absence.

 For security purposes, at 8.55 am all entrance doors are closed.  If children arrive after 8.55 am they will be classified as late and they will have to enter the school through the main entrance and report to the school office. 

Morning Drop Off

Children can enter their classrooms via the junior playground from 8.45 am. “Morning Maths” activities are completed during this time while children arrive and settle. Children are supervised on the playground from 8.40 am and should not arrive before this time. If children arrive early to school, before the supervised time, it is at the parents’ own risk. Registration starts at 8.55 am.

We ask that parents do not disturb the teachers at this point unless it is urgent as this is a precious time to organise and settle the class, ensuring a productive day.  You are welcome to speak to the teachers after school or to make a separate appointment.

Afternoon collection

If for any reason the regular person is unable to collect your child we need to be notified who will be doing so.  This is obviously for security purposes. 

We ask you to collect your child from their classroom door. Class teachers will not release children unless they have seen a parent or known adult. This will also apply to collection from after school clubs.

There are two exceptions to this:

  • Children in Elm, Fir and Pine class will be walked onto the playground from where their teachers will release them. (This is to avoid congestion on the narrow path outside of these classrooms).
  • Children in Y5/6 whose parents have signed a permission form (see below), may make their own way home. (We recognise that some parents want their children to exercise a degree of independence before moving on to secondary school.)

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