Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Attendance and Absence

Attendance and Absence


It is very important that children attend school each day unless they are ill. Walsall Children’s Services set annual attendance targets for our school to achieve. We work closely with our Family Support Worker and an Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) to monitor the punctuality and attendance of all pupils in our school.


When your child is going to be absent, please telephone the school office or pop in to school to explain the reason for this. We do operate a ‘first day calling’ policy which involves contacting all parents whose children are absent without explanation to ensure that all pupils are safe.


Our attendance policy, as agreed by the Governing Body, no longer allows the school to grant permission for family holidays during term time and we no longer offer a ‘holiday form’. This follows recent Government legislation on term time leave. If you do require term time leave for ‘exceptional circumstances’, you will need to make an appointment to see Mrs Wilson and put your request in writing (letter) which can be shared with our Chair of Governors if necessary.

The School Day


Our school day is organised in such a way as to ensure we make the most effective use of the teaching time available. It is important that all children arrive on time and are prepared for the day ahead. During registration time, pupils will be completing 'gap tasks' or practising their all-important basic skills such as handwriting, multiplication tables and weekly spellings. Pupils are allowed to arrive on the school playground from 8.30 am each day. They can enter the school building and their classrooms from 8.35am when the exterior doors open.


Session Times


Sandcastles Nursery

Morning session - 8:45am until 11:45am (3 hour session)

Afternoon session - 12:30pm until 3:30pm (3 hour session)


Reception & KS1 (Y1-Y2)

8:40am until 3:10pm

Reception lunch: 12:00pm - 12.45pm

KS1 lunch: 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Total time = 32.5 hours/week


KS2 (Y3-Y6)

8:40am until 3:15pm

KS2 lunch: 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Total time = 32.9 hours/week


Registration time (Reception-Y6): 8:40am - 9:00am