At The Rookeries, we believe that for children to get the most from their education it is vital that they attend regularly. They should be at school, on time, every day the school is open; unless a reason for absence is unavoidable. It is very important that parents ensure that this happens.

Doors open at 8.45am and the morning session starts promptly at 8.55am. Children who arrive late need to be signed in.

If your child is absent, please let us know as soon as possible. You can call us on 01977 600368 (select option 1), send a note, or come in to school and explain in person. We operate a first-day response to absence, so if we have not heard from you and your child(ren) is not at school we will usually make telephone contact at about 9.30am on the first day.

Please also ensure that you collect your child(ren) from the school premises by 3.40pm unless they are attending an after-school club. If you are held up please let us know so that we can explain the situation to your child(ren).

Our Attendance Policy aims to improve attendance and punctuality, and sets out how we will achieve this together.


Attendance Target


Arriving 10 minutes late every day


Means they miss 32 hours of lesson time each year


Which is equivalent to 6 whole school days lost

Our Attendance Policy aims to improve attendance and punctuality, and sets out how we will achieve this together. Our attendance policy can be found here.

Holidays During Term Time

The Headteacher is not able to authorise holidays in term except in special circumstances. If you wish to take your child out of school during term time then you will need to submit an Absence Request form. Please be aware that the Education Welfare Department may impose a fixed penalty if your child is away for five days or more.