At The Rookeries, we believe that for children to get the most from their education it’s vital they attend regularly. They should be at school, on time, every day the school is open; unless a reason for absence is unavoidable. It’s very important that parents ensure 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 to school and explain in person. We operate a first-day response to absence, so if we haven’t heard from you and your child is not at school we’ll usually make telephone contact at about 9.30am on the first day.

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

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


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

Holidays in term time

Our head teacher is not able to authorise holidays in term except in special circumstances. Any absence from school needs to be avoided wherever possible, as it can have a serious effect on a child’s education and development. Please be aware that the Education Welfare Department may impose a fixed penalty if your child is away for five days or more.

Attendance Policy

Absence Form