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Times of the School Day

The school day at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College is divided into lessons as follows:


Arrive at school
8.30 - 8.45​
​8.40 - 8.45am
AM registration​
Period 1
Period 2
Break time
Period 3
12:20 - 12:55
Lunch time
12:50 - 1:00pm
PM registration
1:00 - 2.00
Period 4
2:00 - 3:00
Period 5​

School day ends                           3:00

We place a great deal emphasis on your childs attendance and punctuality at school and we are working hard to help pupils achieve 100% attendance as we know that good attendance is linked to academic achievement and progress. 

If your child has good attendance they will:

  • Do better in lessons
  • Find it easier to make progress
  • Receive rewards for good attendance
  • Feel more settled and happier about school

If your child is regularly absent they may:

  • Find work harder
  • Not feel part of the class
  • Find it hard to make and keep friends
  • Not make the most of the opportunities provided by the school.


Poor punctuality can quickly add up and seriously disadvantage your child as they lose valuable learning time.   Please help us by ensuring your child arrives in school each day at 8.45.

Arriving late affects pupils in the following ways:

  • They miss the important instructions/ messages at the start of the lesson or in tutor time
  • They feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.
Minutes late per day during the school yearEquals days worth of teaching lost in a year
5 minutes3.4 days
10 minutes6.9 days
15 minutes10.3 days
20 minutes13.8 days
30 minutes20.7 days


Attendance & Punctuality Q & A

What if my child is ill?

Please call school each day your child is absent before 10am.  Please provide school with a note on their return.

What if my child arrives late?

If your child arrives late to school they must sign in at the main school reception before going to their class so they are accounted for in case of fire or other emergency.  A same day lunchtime detention will be set for all pupils who arrive late to school.

What about a medical appointment?

Where possible these should be made after school or in the school holidays.  Alternatively try and make the appointment for the beginning or end of the school day in order that your child can achieve their attendance target.  Collect your child shortly before the appointment and return afterwards where possible.  You must send a note in your child's planner as this will enable them to sign out of school.  If your child's attendance is poor we may ask to see an appointment card.  Please do not allow full days learning to be lost because of a short medical appointment.

Absence alerts

The school will send out a text to parents whose child is absent from school.  This is a safeguarding measure to ensure all the young people have arrived safely.  Please help us by contacting school and informing us immediately if your child is not going to be in school and the reason for absence.  If you receive a text alert please respond immediately.  Please help us by ensuring all your contact details are up to date especially mobile phone numbers, we know that these change regularly and we are not always informed.​


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