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Attendance and Punctuality


At Dorothy Barley Infant school we recognise that positive behaviour and good attendance are essential to raising standards in achievement. We aim to ensure that all children receive an education that maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise their full potential. Our target for attendance is 96% and above (this is no more than 6 days of absence over the whole school year.)

The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels valued and supported. School staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.


The main reason children are absent from school is due to illness. Keeping healthy so your child is able to attend school more regularly is an important part of your child’s life. Parents can also help by ensuring their children stay healthy by taking exercise, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet.



Pupils come into school 8:50 am and the school day starts promptly at 9:00 am. If a child arrives at school after 9:00 without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/ she will be deemed late. Pupils arriving at school after 9:00 must enter throughout the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must also leave through the office so they can be appropriately signed out. Unexplained absences will be investigated by the school or attendance officer.


As parents, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your child’s attendance at school. In line with government policy, our school does not authorise leave of absence for family holidays during term time and any requests will be automatically declined. If you take your child out of school for a holiday, you will be fined.

Attendance and punctuality records are regularly scrutinised by the Leadership team. Persistent lateness or poor attendance will result in a referral to the Local Authority’s legal and/ or social services department



Reasons not to keep your child off school


  • If you or another sibling is ill
  • On their birthday
  • To attend a non-urgent medical appointment or check-up (wherever possible dental or medical appointments should be made after school or at weekends).
  • To avoid going on school trip. (If you have any concerns about going on a school trip, please ask to make an appointment to see a member of the leadership team). In case of illness please contact the school office.


If you inform us that your child is ill either before or immediately before or after a school holiday we will ask you to provide the school with medical evidence that confirms this illness. Without this the absence will be unauthorised.

If you are unsure whether or not your child is too ill to come to school, please see the advice provided on the school website.

We expect that all parents will comply with school policy and support us in delivering a first class education for our children.