Barnett Wood Infant School


Good attendance at school is proven to lead to good academic results.  At Barnett Wood, we aim for every child to achieve 100% attendance. 


Attendance at all school sessions is required by law.  The only exceptions to this are in cases of illness or where the Headteacher has granted special leave of absence.  Holidays during term-time will not be authorised.  If you wish to request a leave of absence due to exceptional circumstances, please request a form from the school office.  Please see our Attendance Policy below for more information.


Of course we understand that occasionally children will fall ill. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school office to report the absence before 9.30am.  Our school office team will call you if your child is absent and we do not know the reason.   If we are unable to reach the primary contact, we will endeavour to establish a reason for the absence from one of the other contacts listed for the child.


To help with the smooth running of the system, please ensure you follow the school’s procedure:

  • Inform the school if your child is going to be absent from school by phone call, email or letter;
  • Provide a doctor’s certificate if the illness is prolonged and/or the school requests a copy;
  • Advise the school if your child is going to be late for any reason.


Please see our attendance policy for more information:



Children are required to attend school on time.  Children should arrive between 8:45am and 8.55am and registration is taken at 9.00am prompt.    Arriving after 9.00am will result in a late mark.    Children who arrive after 9.30am  will be recorded as  ‘late after the register closes’.  This equates to an absence and will   affect   their  attendance   figure.    Lateness is recorded and persistent  lateness  will  be referred to the Education Welfare Officer.


Children must be collected promptly at 3.00pm.  If your child is being collected by an adult unknown to the school, ID will be required.  

Medical Appointments

Parents/carers are asked most earnestly not to arrange these appointments during school sessions, except in cases of urgency, so that considerable interference with school work is avoided.  Please do not keep children out of school for the whole day unless absolutely necessary.  If your child has to have a medical or dental appointment during school time, please inform the school office in advance and provide a letter or appointment card.


Children leaving or arriving at school during the school day must be signed in or out at the School Office by their parent/carer or authorised adult.