Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

Every individual child achieves



q:  What time does school start and finish? 

The gates to the school playground open at 8.40am.

  • For Reception children, the classes are opened at 8.50am, at which point adults can take their child in to class. At 3.10pm, class doors are opened for adults to collect their child from the classroom. Please leave buggies outside when entering the school.
  • For KS1 (Years 1&2) & KS2 (Years 3-6), children line up to go up to the classroom with their teacher at 8.50am. KS1 finish and come out to the playground for collection at 3.10pm. 

  • KS2 finish and come out to the playground for collection at 3.15pm. 

Parents must sign in at the office and collect a visitor badge, if they need to come into the school with their child

Please note: The front door to the school office is locked from 8.40am-9am and 3pm-3.30pm, during which time you can only access the school through the playground. This is for the children’s safety, so please do not ask for an exception to be made for you.


q:  What happens if my child is late?

If your child arrives after the rest of their class has gone inside with their teacher, they will need to register at the school office. This is really important so that we have a record that your child is in the building!

When registering at the school office, your child will order their school dinner and will be given a slip to take to their class teacher to show that they’ve been marked on the registers. You will need to sign them in, giving a reason for being late. We understand that, at times, everyone can be late due to unavoidable circumstances. However you will receive a letter and be called to a meeting with our attendance team if your child is repeatedly late.


q:  What happens if my child is absent? 

If your child is going to be absent, you must let the office know before 9am on every day that your child is absent.  You can do this by downloading the Studybugs app below on to your phone or computer or you can call and leave a message on the absence line: 01273 601270.

  • Please tell the office even if you have mentioned it to your class teacher or a member of staff in the playground, otherwise you may get a text asking where your child is. Be aware that any absence you have not told the school about will be unauthorised. Also, we are unable to authorise a child’s absence for a parent’s illness or appointment.

  • The absence will be authorised if your child is unwell (see the Attendance Newsletter for details) or if your child has a medical appointment. If your child gets better during the day, you are welcome to bring them in to school at this point. If your child has vomited, or has diarrhoea, keep them off for 24 hours. If they have D&V, with a temperature, keep them off for 48 hours. 

  • Please try and make doctor and dentist appointments for after school where possible. A whole day will not be authorised for a medical appointment, unless this has been agreed due to a specific reason. 

q:  Can I take my child on holiday during term time? 

Unfortunately not. However, a limited amount of time may be granted if the circumstances are exceptional. This is decided by the Headmaster. Please be aware this would only be granted if the child’s attendance was already very good.  Please click here to download the absence form, complete it if you need to apply for leave in term time and email it to julianaashworth@fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Please be aware that anyone taking unauthorised term-time absence will be liable for a fixed penalty notice of £60-£120.

Over the past two years there have been an average of ten fixed penalty notices per year, issued for unauthorised holidays and for poor attendance.

If you have any further queries, or would like to talk to someone about your child’s attendance, please see Juliana Ashworth in the office from 8.30am-12.30am Monday-Friday, or Donna Barber, Assistant Head for inclusion, behaviour & safety.

Please click here for the latest Attendance Newsletter.


Please click here for a 'Miss School Miss Out' factsheet


Good Attendance

Every child who achieves 100% attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the term. Unfortunately we cannot give a certificate for 100% if there have been any absences at all, including for illness or medical appointments. However your child will have three terms to try and get one!


Attendance Policy

Attendance Information – please see below the guidance sent to all schools from the local authority.


Above 97%: Less than 6 days absence a year

Excellent attendance!  These young people will almost certainly get the best grades they can, leading to better prospects for the future.  Pupils will also get into a habit of attending school which will help in the future.

95%: 10 days absence a year

These pupils are likely to achieve good grades and form a habit of attending school regularly. Pupils who take a two-week holiday every year can only achieve 95% attendance.

90%: 19 days absence a year

These pupils are missing a month of school per year. The Government classifies pupils in this group as “Persistent Absentees” and it will be almost impossible to keep up with work.  Parents of young people in this group may face legal action being taken by the Local Authority. 


Parents will be contacted by the school attendance team if their child’s attendance is at 90% or below.  If the attendance does not improve, you will be invited to an ASM (Attendance Support Meeting) to discuss any issues preventing your child from being in school and how we can support you with that. An attendance target will then be set and reviewed. If the target is not met, a fixed penalty notice will be issued by the local authority. Please click here to find out more information about on FPNs, persistent absence and every school day matters. Please note that if your child has a medical issue, we will work with the school nurse to manage this in school. Please do tell us about it at the first opportunity.