Attendance and Bell Times

The school’s aim is always for pupils to achieve their full potential and good attendance is an obvious prerequisite for achievement at school. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure children’s attendance. In cases of extended illness homework can be supplied.

Family holidays should not be arranged during term time.

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

MORNING                                                       AFTERNOON

8:38 Warning Bell                                       13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

8:40 – 8:50 Tutor time                                13:58 – Warning Bell

8:50 – 9:40 Block 1                                      14:00 – 14:50 Block 6

9:40 – 10:30 Block 2                                    14:50 – 15:40 Block 7

10:30 – 11:20 Block 3

11:20 – 11:35 Interval

11:35 – 12:25 Block 4

12:25-13:15 Block 5



As above but the school day finishes after Block 4.




School starts with a registration period in the morning at which absence of all pupils is recorded by the Class Tutor. It is a time when information can be passed between tutor and pupils, and also gives an opportunity for pupils to get to know the tutor who has a particular responsibility for their welfare.

Pupils must report to their classes by 8.40am (warning bell 8.38am). Pupils arriving at their Tutor Group after that time will be marked late. Continual unexplained lateness will result in contact with parents/guardians by letter, by detention or in the case of persistent lateness, by interview. Persistent lateness is considered a serious matter. Pupils arriving after tutor time or 2.00pm must have a note signed by their parent/guardian explaining pupil lateness.

Illness: Where an absence is likely to continue for more than THREE school days, parents are asked to contact the school by telephone or letter, before the third day.

On return to school, irrespective of any earlier contact, a note explaining the period of absence must be brought by the pupil. The note should be dated and give the dates of absence being explained therein.

If an absence remains unexplained to the school’s satisfaction despite communications between the school and home, the school is required to record the absence as truancy. Cases of persistent absence are referred to the Education Authority.

Appointments: Doctors’ and dentists’ appointments should be made outwith normal school hours. Where this is not possible a pupil will only be released from school for such appointments on production of an appointment card or a letter from their parent/guardian. Pupils will not be excused classes to attend other appointments, e.g. Hairdresser; Driving lesson.