The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Rookeries Carleton Junior & Infant School

Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School Life at The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School



We believe that school attendance matters. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential if a child is to make maximum progress in their education. This page should provide you with all the information you need regarding your child's attendance, however further information can be found in our  brochure which you can download by clicking here.

Since August 1991 all schools have been required by law to keep a record of authorised and unauthorised absences. 

In order to keep our records up to date, on the first day of absence, or prior to it if appropriate, we expect parents/carers to inform school as to the reasons for their child’s absence using one of the following methods:

  • Telephone school on 01977 600368 and select option 1
  • Send a note
  • Come to the school reception to explain personally

Our school operates a first day response to absence and will make telephone contact with parents at around 9.30 a.m. of the first day, unless parents have been in contact beforehand.


Family holidays in school time

Pupils of school age must, by law, attend school regularly.  No term time holidays will be authorised.  Any absence from school needs to be avoided wherever possible, as it can have a serious effect on a young child’s education and development. 


Parents do not have the right to take children out of school for term time holidays:

  • They disrupt learning patterns
  • They can affect exam results
  • They may result in fines/legal action


Research has shown that pupils who have 17 or more days absence from school during just one academic year can fall behind as much as one National Curriculum level.

Missing one weeks learning means your child will lose:

  • 5 hours of maths
  • 5 hours of literacy
  • 10 hours of other lessons e.g. PE, art, RE, science, history
  • 5 hours social time

2 weeks holiday=50 hours learning

2 weeks holiday and 1 weeks illness =75 hours learning


Missing school could:

  • Affect friendship patterns
  • Encourage disaffection
  • Affect long-term patterns


Reliability and punctuality are qualities we encourage and we ask parents for support in ensuring that their child attends school regularly. Parents are asked to be prompt dropping their children off at the start of the school day and when collecting them at its end. The latter is to avoid causing any unnecessary anxiety.   Pupils are expected to be on the school premises no earlier than ten minutes before the start of the school day, which is 8.55 a.m.  Unless they are attending an after school club, children are expected to leave the school premises by 3.40 p.m. at the end of the day.

If you are held up, please let us know if at all possible, so that we may explain the situation to your child.

Our attendance policy can be found by clicking here.