Infant School

'Learning together to make a difference'

Attendance & Punctuality (Times of the School Day)


Your child must attend school every day, other than at weekends or on school holidays and other closures. There are 190 school days in a year and 175 non-school days in the year.  These are linked here for your convenience:

The school's attendance policy can be found on the policy page under the key information menu


You must inform the school if your child will be absent from school.  The school has a legal obligation to contact you/ your other contacts/ visit your home address/ contact relevant agencies and authorities if the reason for your child's absence is unknown.  This is to comply with statutory guidance and safeguarding laws. 


Please report your child's absence before they are due to attend by:

  • calling the school office and leaving a message
  • emailing the school office with a message

TOP TIP:  you can do this in the middle of the night if your child is unwell and you know they will not be coming to school in the morning.  We will get the message when we arrive in school and will not need to disturb you.


If we have not heard from you by the time registers are taken we will start using all possible methods to contact you/ your other contacts/ the relevant agencies until we know where your child is.


Family Holidays, Appointments and Emergencies

You must only book holidays when school is closed, otherwise the access and attendance department of the local authority may fine you or refer the matter to other agencies.  If you have exceptional reasons for needing to take your child out of school (such as a medical appointment or family emergency) you should contact the head teacher who will review the matter on a case by case basis.


Your child must attend on time.  Pupils who are not in school on time will be assumed absent and will start our absence procedures.  Please contact the school if you are going to be late for any reason, in order to avoid this.  The times of the school day are listed here for your convenience:

 ReceptionYear 1Year 2

Morning Session Starts

(arrival between)

Lunch Period

Starts 12:00

Ends 13:15

Starts 12:00

Ends 13:15

Starts 11:45

Ends 13:00

Afternoon Session Ends

(collection between)


Did you know that being 15 minutes late each day is the same as missing two weeks of school over the year? Lateness is just as serious as nonattendance and could also lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice. The start of the school day is an important time for children to develop their social skills with their peers, as well as preparing them for their learning.