Forestdale Primary School

Daily Details

 Please find helpful information below regarding timings, registers, drop-off and pick-up, communication and volunteering. 

 A Typical Day at Forestdale 

Our gates open for the start of the school day at 8:45 a.m. From this time on, there are teachers on duty on each gate. Children must not arrive at school before 8.45 a.m, unless they have been specifically instructed to do so to attend booster classes or need to leave early for a learning visit, etc. 

The gates close promptly at 8.55am and children should be in class by then, ready to start their learning. Children who arrive after this time must be taken by their parent/carer to the school office and signed in as late.

Reception Entrance

Infant Entrance

Junior entrance


Morning Session 8.55 am - 12 noon
Lunch 12 noon - 1.00 pm
Afternoon Session 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm

Key Stage 1

Morning Session 8:55 am – 12:05 pm
Lunch 12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
Afternoon Session 1:05 pm – 3:15 pm

Key Stage 2

Morning Session 8:55 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Afternoon Session 1:15 pm - 3:20 pm


In the morning the children have a daily Guided Reading, Maths and English session, and phonics in the Infants. The children are supported in the class by the teacher and the teaching assistant.


At 9.00 am all the children meet in the hall for an assembly led by either a member of staff or an outside agency. The assemblies are either topical, linked to one of the schools five STAR values or a celebration.


Infants have break time at 10:30am and Juniors at 10:45am. They are encouraged to eat a healthy snack and drink their milk.


At lunchtimes, the children are allowed on the playground or field to play. They are supervised by the mid-day supervisors. Toys are available for the children to play with.

In the afternoons, the children take part in non-core subjects such as Geography, P.E and Art.

The end of the school day is at 3.15 pm for Infants and 3.20 pm for Juniors. Children are not detained in school for any reason. However, occasionally a child may be asked to stay behind while a discussion takes place with the parent/carer.

During dismissal, the teachers will take the children to specific designated areas on the playground. Having designated areas reduces the amount of congestion on the playground.

Parents are asked not to take their children before they reach the designated area or before the teacher has dismissed them.  Safeguarding our children is paramount and teachers need to ensure that children go home with the correct adult.

Children may attend after school clubs which will finish at 4.15 pm for Infants and 4.20 pm for Juniors.


Ideally, children should be in school, on time, 100% of the time. We attach great importance to making a prompt start to the day so doors open from 8.45am for a punctual 8.55am start to the school day.

Lateness and absence affect all children’s learning, not just those directly involved.

Registration and Punctuality

Each day is divided into two sessions: morning registration is between 8.45 and 8.55am; afternoon registration is at 1.05pm for infants and 1.15pm for juniors.

Children arriving late, after 8.55 and up to 9.15 am, are unable to enter through the children’s entrance and must report to the office. They and will be marked in as ‘late’; after that, without a good reason, they will get an ‘unauthorised absence’ on their record. Similarly, in the afternoon children in the infants must be in the classroom for 1.05pm and juniors must be in the classroom by 1.15pm to receive an attendance mark from their class-teacher. Children arriving after 1.05pm in the infants and 1.15pm in the juniors will get an ‘unauthorised absence’ on their record.   

If a child is unwell or going to be unavoidably late the office must be notified as soon as possible, either in person or by telephone, otherwise the child’s absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

Register checks are undertaken every day and detailed monitoring of those whose attendance is poor.

If a child is not present and a parent or carer has not contacted the school, the school’s attendance officer will send a text to the parent/carer, which will then be followed up by a telephone call.

Parents/carers are expected to call the school on each day of the child’s absence.

Monitoring Individual Attendance

We closely monitor each child’s attendance. We reward our children for shining examples of attendance.



100% Children will receive a certificate for outstanding attendance over a term and a prize for 100% attendance over a year. 
Below 95% Parents/carers will receive an attendance letter. The child's attendance will be closely monitored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, with possible intervention of the Education Welfare Officer. 
Below 89% Parents/carers will receive an attendance letter. Guaranteed involvement of the Education Welfare Officer if there fails to be improvement. 

If a child’s attendance and / or punctuality presents a concern, school staff will investigate and support, ultimately supported by the team’s Educational Welfare Officer (EWO).  Sometimes a child can be reluctant to come to school  therefore the child’s class teacher should be told as soon as possible. We will always help support families with strategies to improve their child's attendance.    

Rewards and Incentives

Weekly rewards Termly rewards Annual awards
Attendance Ted is given to the class the with the highest Weekly attendance. Certificate for 100% attendance over a term. Certificate and prize for 100% attendance over the year.


Whole School Attendance

Attendance at the end of last academic year 96%
Whole school attendance presently 96.7%
The Government target for attendance 95%




Attendance Policy              

For more information on attendance and punctuality, please click on the button below: 

Attendance Policy 


 Our parents are very positive about all forms of communication at Forestdale.

Forestdale Flyer

General communication between the school and home is done by email and via the weekly newsletter, The Forestdale Flyer. The Flyer is emailed to parents weekly during term time on Fridays and is also available to view on the school's website.


 Working Together

At the start of each term, parents are invited to a Working Together meeting, where an outline of the term’s learning is presented by the class teacher. These happen at 9:00am, in the child’s classroom, with the children present.

Parent Consultations

In the autumn and spring terms, consultation evenings are held when parents, with or without their children, can talk to their child’s teacher, view work, review targets and receive information about their child’s general progress and attitude. This will include information regarding the assessment procedures e.g. Foundation Stage Profile during the Reception year.


A written report is issued at the end of the school year. Parents are welcome to make comments about the reports either in writing or through meeting the class teacher.

From Home

Information from home concerning absences, dentists’ visits, holidays etc should either be telephoned or sent by sealed letter, with the name of the relevant member of staff clearly displayed.

General notes and queries for the class teacher can be written in the child's contact book which is checked each day. Alternatively, parents can email the school office with questions or concerns.

If you have forgotten to pass on a message regarding a change concerning the end of the day, please telephone through to the office well before 2.45pm to allow sufficient time for the message to be passed on.

 The communication via email is great for parents 
Communication between parents and teachers is effective




Supporting in classrooms

At Forestdale Primary School there are many opportunities for you to get involved, and here are just a few you can volunteer for:
  • helping with reading or listening to children read
  • helping out on school trips
  • joining our Parent/Teacher association
  • becoming a school Governor
  • gardening 
  • becoming a Parent Rep 

Parent helpers

In line with Safeguarding requirements you will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, so please call into the school office if you would like more information. It does take a few weeks for DBS checks to be processed so please give us plenty of time to sort this out. Childrens’ safety and welfare is of prime importance and will always take precedence over visitors to the school.

Any volunteers working in school will need to see and sign a copy of the school’s Code of Conduct. Volunteers are required to comply with the code in order for us to provide and safe and positive educational climate for our pupils.

We also welcome community members who can offer local knowledge and share their skills and talents. We currently have links with the St Mary's Church, Huntingfield Methodist Church, Kidz Klub, the local police and many, many more! If you think you could help to inspire future generations then please contact us.