School Opening Hours & Punctuality



 The School Day

8:30 - 15:00 each day amounts to 32.5 hours in a tyipcal week
School day




All students should have a 100% punctuality record. Only lateness for exceptional reasons will be excused. Regular lateness is unacceptable.

Students should be in school by 8.15 a.m. and in their Tutor Room at 8.25 a.m. Students who arrive after 8.30 a.m. but before 8.45 a.m. should go to Reception to be registered by a senior member of staff. Students who arrive after 8.45 a.m. must go to the Attendance Officer to be signed in. Students are not allowed to arrive late for Lesson 1 without a slip from the Attendance Officer, unless they have had a music lesson in school.

In cases for example, where the absence at registration was for attending an early morning medical appointment, the appropriate authorised absence code will be entered.


The school’s procedures for dealing with poor punctuality are outlined below:

Stage 1: Tutor monitors punctuality weekly and discusses concerns with student.
Stage 2: Where possible contact will be made with parents on Academic Review Day if punctuality continues to cause concern.
Stage 3: Attendance Officer contacts home via letter if punctuality continues to cause concern (total of 3 lates)
Stage 4: Head of Year contacts home via letter if a total of 5 late marks are accrued. A Student Contract is initiated to monitor punctuality daily. Students will stay one hour after school on any day they arrive late; parents will be informed by phone when this is the case. A student on contract who is late twice in any one week will be required to attend Saturday Detention between 9 a.m. and 12 noon in full school uniform.
Stage 5: Parents invited to meet with SLT link and Head of Year  (more than 8 lates)
Stage 6: Parents invited to meet with Headteacher and Head of Year (12+ lates)
Stage 7: Headteacher invites parents to meet and discuss continued concerns about punctuality with the Governors Pastoral & Well Being Committee where necessary.


Morning Supervision
Students are only permitted to enter on to the school site from 7:30am at the earliest if they are coming to Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am to all students in the Dining Hall only. Students should not be accessing other parts of the school buildings at this time. Students have the option to either purchase breakfast or to use the Dining Hall quietly. The daily Breakfast Club is supervised and operates weekdays, Monday through to Friday, term time only. Chartwells serve healthy hot and cold food.

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Shorts Road

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


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