The gates will open at 8:20am where children are welcomed onto the playground. Children go straight into class upon arrival. Lessons commence at 8:30 prompt.
In partnership with our feeder Infant schools, we firmly believe that there are links between attendance and attainment. Southdale Attendance Policy states that holidays taken in school time will NOT be authorised. From September 2023 the Governing Body of Southdale will be following local authority guidelines by fining families who take holiday during term time.
Leave for medical or dental appointments, music or dance exams is authorised where confirmation has been received by the school office, from the parent by note or telephone call.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please inform the school office with the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible. We would be grateful if parents could contact us on the first day of absence before 8:30am. This contact can be by note, in person, or a telephone call where you can speak to the office staff or leave a message on the answer machine. As the safety of our pupils is paramount, you will be contacted if we have concerns about the whereabouts of your child.
Children are dismissed from the playground at the end of the day at 3.00. Both, the black gate on Southdale Road and the green gate on Belgrave Street will be opened at 2:50 to allow parents to wait for their child.