Attendance Matters


We would expect parents/carers to inform the school by 9.30am by phone, email, or in person, if your child is unwell and unable to attend school. If we have no reason for the absence by 9.30am the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Admin staff will chase up any unexplained absences and members of our behaviour team will visit family houses if we are unable to contact parents. We would also expect to be notified if your child has a medical appointment. Families with persistent attendance issues will be contacted by the Local Authority officer employed by school to address any support needed.


Punctuality is an important social convention and late arrivals disrupt the routines of the school. At Boothferry, we support and challenge families that are regularly late. We would therefore request that parents make every effort to ensure their children arrive for the start of lessons at 8.55 a.m. To aid this, we open the classroom doors at 8.40, partly to ease congestion and partly to allow the children to settle. We set ‘early’ work at these times. Staff, including our Behaviour team and Senior management are always available on the gate in the morning if you feel you need support. School finishes at 3.30 p.m. every day.

Term Time Holidays

From June 2013, school’s no longer have any authority to authorise absence for a family holiday during term time. Any such absence is unauthorised and is liable for a fixed term penalty notice. We would appreciate advanced notification of any absence wherever possible so we can account for your child’s absence without needing to call or text you. Please see Mr Sibley for further clarification.

Please view further information regarding term time holidays and absence during school time:

When ever I have had a problem the staff on the whole have been sympathetic and helpful.

The best thing about this school, when I ask my child this question, he said Mrs Emmerson. 

The stimulating learning environment. 

The New Head teacher and deputy. 

The after school activities, film nights and discos.

This school meets our expectations in every way.

The friendly atmosphere, the safe environment & the teachers’ encouragement.”

Open weeks in Foundation allows parents to enjoy school as much as our children.

Being part of their learning – it doesn’t just stay in the classroom.”

My children are thriving as the school is committed to learning and progression.

My kids love the fruit on the snack table.

The joy of the teachers who greet the children and parents daily.

The Head teacher and deputy are fab, they join in everything.”

My children are developing very well in school.

My son’s teacher is creative, enthusiastic and genuinely cares about him as an individual .

I love the fact that senior members of staff know the names of the children.

Miss Pulleyn is fantastic

I love seeing school events on Twitter.

Opening the school doors at 8.40am has made it much easier as it is less crowded.

The new website is fantastic. It is up to date and it is great to see what the children have been doing.

Since the new Head and Deputy have arrived, so many things have changed. The school is alive now!.

The bike loan scheme.My family also like the school bank.

..closeness between all age groups and years.

The choice to do a traditional nativity was great !.

the amount of effort put in by the teachers to make topics interesting is brilliant.

The photography club is brilliant, I think introducing things like this is brilliant for the children.

Thank you for treating my child like your own.

You can approach any member of staff and they help you.

My children have come on and made progress socially and academically since joining.

I feel the school has advanced with regards to the appropriate curriculum for different age groups.

the school gives me advice as a parent so I can help my daughter.

“We can only applaud the ingenuity & continued compassion of the young people at Boothferry.”

“We want to thank you for welcoming my family when we moved here (from Bulgaria).”

History day was amazing. Brilliant idea.

Boothferry at Young Voices…..Just WOW! What an experience.”