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Attendance at Burnt Oak

Lateness / Absence

Attending school is of primary importance to us at Burnt Oak. Where at all possible, we expect children to be in school and on time. 

Registration and Punctuality

  • All children should be in line and ready to enter their classroom by 8.55am. Registration is taken twice a day at 9.00am and 1.10pm. A school day counts as 2 marks of attendance.
  • Morning registration ends at 9.00am if a pupil arrives after this time he/she should be accompanied by the parent to the main reception. Any pupil arriving after 9.30am will become an unauthorised absence and marked as an absentee for the whole of the morning session.
  • It is essential that children arriving and leaving school with a parent/carer outside the normal school hours are signed in or out from the office. The signing in/out register in the office is used in the case of an emergency or a fire drill.
  • Please note the school day ends at 3.30pm, please be prompt when collecting your children from the school playground. A late collection form will need to be completed if you are late collecting your child from the school office at the end of the day.
  • The school will follow up any regular or long-term absences and a meeting will be arranged with the Head of School.


Illness and Medical Appointments

  • Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside of school hours. However we are aware that appointments during school time are sometimes unavoidable. If it is necessary for a child to be out of school for this reason, the child should be returned to school directly after the appointment.
  • A copy of the appointment card or letter for the appointment should be shown/given to the school office to support the absence.
  • If your child is unwell for 5 consecutive days or more medical evidence will be required to support the absence ie. copy of perscription or medication taken 
  • Following an episode of vomiting or diarrhoea pupils are requested to remain away from school for a period of 48 hrs. This is in line with guidance from the Health Protection Agency for schools and childcare settings and helps to reduce the spread of infection between pupils.


Leave during term time for a child to accompany parents on holiday can seriously disrupt a pupil's continuity of learning. Requests for leave of  absence will not be authorised by the Head of School and, on the advice of the Educational Welfare Officer may be subject to a penalty notice of £60 per parent, per pupil. Parents should complete the 'Request for term time leave' form (available to download below or from the school office) and send it in to school for the attention of the Head of School and you will receive a response within 7 working days.


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