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Dudley Wood Primary School and Pre-School

The School Day

Our School Day


The school gates are opened before 8:30am and doors open at 8:40am. Families are asked to ensure their child’s safety until that time.  A teacher from each year group will greet the children on the playground. Parent/carers are requested not to enter the building for health and safety reasons. The doors are locked at 8.55am. 


Children in Years 1-6

Children arriving after 8.55am must enter through the main Reception and sign in using a late form.

8:40     -    Children come into the classroom with an activity for them to complete

9:00     -    Registration and first lesson

10:00    -   KS1 break time

10:15  -    Year 3 and 4 break time

10:30  -    Year 5 and 6 break time

12:00   -    Lunchtime EYFS, KS1 and Year 3

1:00pm - Register for EYFS, KS1 and Year 3. Start of Year 4, 5 and 6 lunch

1:00     -    Afternoon lessons begin for EYFS, KS1 & Year 3

2:00     -    Afternoon lessons begin for KS2

3:10     -    End of school day for EYFS, KS1, Year 3 and 4

3:15     -    End of school day for Year 5 and 6


Families are asked to collect children promptly at the end of the day.


Absences and lates


It is really important that every child has as full attendance as possible so that they have the very best chance to fulfil their potential.  If your child has to be absent, please ring or email ( to inform the school.  If your child has an infectious illness, please let the school know as soon as possible.


Any absences not reported to school must be treated as unauthorised absence and recorded as such.


Children arriving after 8.55am will be marked as late.


All attendance data is sent to the Local Authority weekly. Every school’s attendance figures are published nationally. Records of attendance will be published on individual children’s reports.


Unavoidable visits to dentists, doctors, hospitals should be notified in advance and arrangements made for your child to be collected and returned to school.  Children are not allowed out of school unless accompanied by a parent or guardian who should collect the child from the main Reception.


Leave of absence during term time


We ask you not to take children out of school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Leave of absence forms are available from the office or can be downloaded from this website and we ask you to fill them in and return them to the Headteacher at least four weeks before the planned absence. Any leave of absence over 6 days will automatically incur a fine, regardless of attendance. A request for leave of absence that is 5 days or less will be unauthorised (unless in exceptional circumstances outlined in our policy) and will not incur a fine, so long as attendance has previously been good i.e in excess of 93%. Fines are set by the LA as £60 per pupil for adult for the first 21 days absent. Therefore, if you request a leave of absence for a holiday for your two children for 6 days or more up to 21 days, the fine incurred would be £240.00.