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Downs View Infant School


The school day

Doors open at 8.30am and school commences at 8.40am. If your child arrives after 8.40am you should come through the gate to the office and sign your child in. Any child arriving this way will be marked as ‘Late’ in the register. Any child arriving after 9am will be marked as an unauthorised absence. If your child arrives late and requires a school dinner you must inform the office as the dinner registers will have already been completed. School finishes at 3.10pm.


If your child is off school due to illness or an appointment please contact the school office either by Parentmail where you can leave a message at anytime or by leaving a message on the dedicated absence line before 8.40am. However if you want to discuss an absence then please use the main office line. If you have not informed us of your child’s whereabouts we have to make contact with you as part of our safeguarding process. If your child is going to be in late after an appointment we ask that you inform us as to whether your child will need a school dinner as dinner numbers are counted by 9.20am.

Attendance is monitored regularly by the local authority. We will inform you if your child’s attendance becomes a cause for concern.

Holiday/Leave of absence from school

Due to Government legislation the school cannot authorise time off for family holidays/events.  Parents choosing to take holiday in term time resulting in your child being absent from school for 5 or more days within a term, could be subject to a penalty notice.  Application forms for leave are available from the school office and need to be completed for any days off from school which are not illness related.  The Education Welfare Officer monitors any child’s attendance which falls below 95%.Please click the link below for our updated attendance policy and attendance leaflet which give more details.

Attendance Policy 


Attendance Booklet 



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