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Nottingham Girls' Academy


Punctuality to school

Pupils are expected to be on time to school and to all lessons. Punctuality is a core aspect of future employability and getting into good habits and routines is essential.

A pupil is deemed to be late for school if they are not in their tutor room or assembly line by the time the 8.45am bell rings. When a pupil is late to school, they will miss part (or all) of tutor time, assembly, or a lesson. This means they will miss vital learning, notices, and content from our PSHE programme of study. We place a great deal of importance on this and therefore treat lateness to school seriously.

The sanctions for lateness to school are graduated according to the number of times a pupil is late in a week as follows:

Punctuality to lessons

When a pupil is late to a lesson, they disrupt the learning of other pupils in that lesson as well as their own. This is not acceptable, and the expectation will be reinforced with a misconduct -1 negative point. As explained below, pupils that are persistently late to lessons will have further sanctions imposed. These could be pupils being placed onto Head of Year or Senior Leader report or 45-minute same-day afterschool detentions. Heads of Faculty may also put sanctions in place if the pupil is just turning up late to one particular subject.


If pupils truant lessons, they are displaying a red line behaviour, therefore there will be an immediate 45-minute same-day after school detention issued for each lesson truanted, where they will catch up with missed learning from the lesson.

If this persists, further sanctions will be put into place following a parental meeting to understand what is driving the truancy.



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