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Oakfield Junior

Oakfield Junior

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality are vitally important if your child is to make the most of the educational opportunities we offer.  If he/she is unwell and cannot come to school, please telephone the school before 8.30am and leave a message. Please let us know for each day they are absent.  We also need a note or email when they return to school to let us know in writing why they were off, to comply with legislation which is monitored by our Education Welfare Officer.  Please use our email:

School times:  

Registration                  8:45am  -   8:55am

Break                               10:30am -  10:45am

Lunch                              12:15pm -   1:15pm

Afternoon session     1:15pm  -  3:15pm

Children should arrive no earlier than 8.35 am as there is no supervision prior to this time. Children can register in their classroom from 8.45am. Registers close at 8.55 am. If your child is late, please ensure they are brought in via the office so they are registered.

Parents are reminded not to book family holidays, long weekends away or treat days during term time as we will not authorise absence for these under any circumstance.  We will only ever authorise absence for a funeral or an educational activity, e.g. participating in a sporting event, performance, taking music or dance exams, or other exceptional circumstances. If you have a planned absence from school please complete an absence request form,  - download from the foot of this page, or available from the office.

*If you hold a blue badge please present this at the school office so that we can register it.

Regular school attendance is vital.

As a school we continue to encourage good, regular attendance from all pupils.

Without it the efforts of the school staff and the individual pupil come to nothing. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process. This leads to underachievement, a lack of purpose in a child’s life; it can place children at risk and in extreme cases can result in pupils being drawn into patterns of anti social or criminal behaviour.

Is your child’s attendance acceptable?

Did you know that of 365 days in a year, 190 days are school days and 175 are non-school days—that is nearly half of the entire number of days in the year! As a school we expect parents to use these 175 days for your family time, and for activities such as shopping, appointments, day trips and family holidays.  While we appreciate it’s not always possible to take appointments on non-school days, we do ask that these are kept to a minimum.

We seek to keep our school attendance as close to 100% as possible. If a child has 10 school days off in a year this would mean they are not in school for more days of the year than they are in school. 10 days off takes attendance to 95%, which is considered a level of attendance that is cause for concern.

If attendance falls to 85%, it would mean that a child has only received 161 days of education in the year, and has not been in school for over 200 days in the year.

Valuable learning happens every day in school, and any absences will impact on a child’s learning. The more absences a child experiences, the less continuity they have in their learning, and the harder it can be for them to learn. Every day in school matters.

If your child is under the weather and needs any medication during the day, including prescribed medicines, arrangements can be made for these to be stored in our first aid cupboard and administered by the school office team. 

Late for School? It all adds up!

Arriving at school on time is really important, so your child is settled, has unpacked their bag for the day and is ready to learn straight after morning registration. Did you know if a child is 5 minutes late every day, over a year this would mean they have missed 3 days worth of school? If your child is 30 minutes late for school every day, over a year this would add up to a whopping 19 days worth of school missed due to lateness!


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