Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit

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Coming to school is really cool!


Every day counts



We understand these are very worrying times for you in terms of the Coronavirus. PLease read this section alongside all the informtion under our Covid section on the website as we wouldn't be encouraging youyr child to school if they have symptoms of Covid.

That said, it is so important that your child has excellent attendance during their time at Pinewood. Every day really does count as the pace of learning is fast even for the youngest children. In order for your child to reach their full potential and to give them the very best start in life, please work with us to ensure excellent attendance.


If a child is absent parents should call school on each day of  absence by 9.15am OR email:


ACCEPTABLE REASONS FOR ABSENCE (in addition to information on the Covid section);

  1. Illness
  2. A death in the family
  3. Medical appointments which cannot be made outside of school hours – Please make sure wherever possible that these are made outside of school hours
  4. To take part in special tuition outside school in agreement with the Head Teacher
  5. Time set aside exclusively for religious observance in agreement with the head Teacher



  1. Getting up late
  2. Holidays unless exclusively for religious observance
  3. Parent or sibling illness (please make alternative arrangements to get your child to school)
  4. Visiting friends or relatives
  5. Birthday
  6. Because you can’t get them to school (alternative travelling arrangements must be made)


 To help your child achieve good attendance please can you:

  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time (8.40am)
  • Phone or email school on the day your child is absent before 9:15am. 

        Telephone 0115 9521717 or email on

  • Discuss with school at the earliest opportunity any problems that are affecting your child’s attendance.
  • Do not let your child be off unless it is really necessary. We will always contact you if we think they are too poorly to be here.
  • Arrange medical/dental appointments outside school hours.
  • Do not take holidays in term time - they can’t be authorised.


Whole School Reward Procedures for Attendance


We reward attendance as follows:


1. Each week a child will be chosen in each class to receive an attendance pencil and to have the special class attendance cushion for the week in class. This will be given for 100% attendance that week, for improved attendance or even for settling back into school well after a block of absence.


2. At the end of each term we will hold a ‘celebrating coming to school’ assembly with all our school staff, children and governors. During this assembly we will celebrate all the fun we have had over the term through photos, fun rewards, celebrating work etc. and the class with the best attendance that term will receive a trophy to keep in their class.


3. At a family level we will undertake a tailored approach depending on the situation and improvements or excellent attendance will be acknowledged on the annual school end of year report.


Please click on the link below to view our Attendance Policy.