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Wooburn Green Primary School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Late/Absence Procedures

Wooburn Green Primary School is committed to giving pupils the best start to their school life. Promoting regular attendance is part of this commitment. With good attendance pupils will have the opportunities they need to develop friendships, feel secure in school routines and gain maximum benefit from the educational experiences on offer.



If a pupil has a temperature, persistent cough or experiences a loss of taste and smell they and any siblings should self-isolate. Parents should book a COVID-19 test for those showing symptoms on the first day of absence and inform the school of the result. 


If the test result is negative, pupils can return to school. If the test is positive, the family should engage with test and trace, self-isolate and follow government guidelines.


*COVID-19 test results are sent via text message to the parent within 24-28 hours of the test. If a parent receives a negative test response and the child is well enough to return to school, we expect the child to return that day if possible. For example, the negative test result is received at 12.30pm, we would expect the pupil to be in school by 1.30pm in order to reduce the disruption to their learning.


Late arrivals

The school day starts with registration at 8.50am. Please ensure your child arrives at school promptly, ready for the school day and ready to learn. A member of staff is on duty on the KS2 playground from 8.30am if parents wish to drop off children early. Children are led into school by their class teacher at 8.45am from the playground. If for any reason you are late, your child needs to come to the main office where they will be signed in.



Parents must phone the school office before 9 a.m. on each day that their child is absent as the school must be able to account for all pupils in the morning. Please email the school office or leave a message on 01628 521634,with your child's name, class and full information on the nature of child's illness.

If your child is unwell with any sickness or diarrhoea, they must stay at home for 48 hours after their last bout.


Medical Appointments

These need to be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible, please notify us as above (in advance where possible) and collect your child from the main office.


Leave of absence

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 have removed all references to family holidays and leave of absence shall not be granted unless an application had been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that leave of absence should be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Whilst the Headteacher will consider all requests on a case-by-case basis, parents must be aware that requests will normally be refused. We ask that families do not book holidays during term time. Missing the first few days of a new term can be particularly unsettling for a child. We would therefore urge parents to check school dates carefully before booking holidays.


Under the 1996 Education Act, parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against them by the Local Authority.