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Here at East Boldon Infant School, we work in partnership with parents to ensure children attend school regularly and are punctual to school. We firmly believe that when children are in school everyday and on time, then this is reflected in good progress being made in the classroom and will give children the best opportunities to succeed and achieve in our school.

Our school day is from 8.55am until 3.15pm.

Our school doors open from 8.45am to allow a calm filter into school to access classroom activities.

Mrs O’Brien manages the attendance data for our school and will contact you if there is a concern around your child’s attendance. Please ensure that if your child is absent from school then you contact Mrs O’Brien to give an explanation otherwise it could result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised. You can ring the school directly, contact through parentmail, or the office email address.

The change in Government legislation means that family holidays are no longer authorised absences. Family holiday taken in term time will result in our Local Authority issuing a  penalty notice. This may also be the case where there are a high number of unauthorised absences within an academic year. Please book an appointment to speak to Mrs O’Brien or Miss Holt direct if you feel that you need to discuss an absence or if you are struggling to ensure that your child is regularly attending school.

A Fixed Penalty Notice results in –

  • A cost of £60 per parent/carer for each child. This will require payment being made to the Local Authority within 21 days.
  • The cost increases to £120 per parent/carer for each child if payment is not received within 28 days.
  • If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period, the Local Authority will instigate Court Proceedings and the outcome of a prosecution could be up to £1,000 per parent/carer.

Further advice and guidance on this matter can be located through the Department of Education website entitled “Advice on school attendance”

Here at East Boldon Infant School, we aim to develop an ethos which demonstrates to the children how much we value them coming to school regularly and on time. We teach the children that regular and punctual attendance is an essential ingredient for their learning to be effective. Each week in assembly we celebrate the class who has the highest attendance. We reward individual children with a certificate for 100% attendance across a term and children receive a prize for 100% attendance across the year. Each half term we celebrate the class with the highest attendance with a special reward.


Punctuality is very important. Please make sure that your child is in school promptly, before the doors close at 9.00am. Our doors open from 8.45am to allow a calm filter into school. Teachers are present in classrooms and the children can access activities and challenges. All pupils participate in activities as soon as they are registered.

Anyone arriving at school after this time should enter via the main entrance. If your child arrives after the close of registers at 9.05am then they will be marked as late and a reason for the lateness will be requested.

Did you know that missing 20 minutes of school every week adds up to over 11 hours or nearly 3 whole days worth of reading lessons over the year?