School Times

8:45am to 3:05 - Reception, Years 1 and 2

8:45am to 3:10 - Years 3 - 6

School gates open at 8:35am for children to enter the classrooms

If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please inform the office by 9:30am, each day of absence

Children do not attend school on the dates marked: Occasional Day or Staff Inset Day

Term Dates

2022 / 2023
Autumn Thursday 1st September Staff Inset Day - Children do not attend
Friday 2nd September Staff Inset Day - Children do not attend
Monday 5th September Term Commences
24th October – 28th October Half Term
Friday 25thNovember Occasional Day - Children do not attend
Wednesday 21st December Term Ends
Spring Thursday 5th January Term Commences
13th – 17th February Half Term
Friday 31st March Term Ends
Summer Monday 17th April Staff Inset Day - Children do not attend
Tuesday 18th April Term commences
Monday 1st May Bank Holiday
  29th May – 2nd June Half Term
Monday 5th June Staff Inset Day - Children do not attend
Tuesday 6th June Term commences
Thursday 20th July Term Ends
Friday 21st July Staff Inset Day - Children do not attend


Good attendance is essential to maintain and firm friendships and to ensure full access to the whole sequence of learning.

If your child is absent from school, please text us by 9.00am on each day of absence.

Safeguarding procedures dictate that parents/carers must inform the school why their child is absent.

We must have 2 contact numbers on record in case we need to contact you.

Levels of attendance at Commonswood are very good.

The Local Authority checks registers regularly and follows up instances of unexplained or persistent absence.


Term time holidays

We are unable to authorise term time holidays. Absence can only be authorised if a child is unwell. If however, the number of unauthorised sessions reaches 15 or more within 2 terms, the local authority may issue you with a Penalty Notice. The Penalty Notice requires parents to pay a fine of £60 within 21 days. If this is not paid within the time limit, the penalty rises to £120 which must be paid within 28 days.


Term time holidays have a negative impact on friendships and learning.

Please avoid taking your child out of school.


Governors’ policy no longer allows term time holidays to be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Section 7 Education Act 1996 places a duty on parents to ensure that their child of compulsory age attends school.