Fairfield Infant School

Everyone is valued and learning is fun


Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education.  Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind.  The government expects:


Schools and local authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled;
  • Act early to address patterns of absence.
  • Expect and support parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.
  • Take action to support pupils to be punctual to their lessons.


When children start at Fairfield parents/carers are asked to sign the Home School Agreement which includes the responsibility to:


Make sure that your child comes to school:

  • safely
  • on time
  • refreshed and alert
  • correctly dressed
  • ready to learn and take part in school activities


We ask all parents to abide by our Attendance Policy.


As a school it is our duty to strive for 100% attendance for all children.  However, the school has no difficulty with genuine reasons for absence and there may be circumstances that prevent your child from maintaining regular attendance at school . In such cases the school fully supports parents/carers and can offer help in a number of ways.   These are detailed in the Attendance Policy.


Attendance and punctuality in school is monitored every half-term and there are a number of standard letters parents/carers can receive when their child's attendance falls below the expected minimum of 96% and/or children are late on 3 or more occasions.  In the majority of cases this will simply be a matter of courtesy to inform parents of their child's attendance percentage after a bout of illness. 


Follow the link below to read the Attendance Policy in full.


Leave of absence from school can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.  Holidays during term time will not be authorised and Fairfield follows the Hampshire Code of conduct (see below) where a penalty notice will be issued for unauthorised absence of 10 or more sessions (5 school days).

INSET DAYS 2024/ 2025


The School will be closed to all pupils for staff training on the following dates:


  • Friday 21st June 2024
  • Monday 2nd September 2024
  • Monday 4th November 2024
  • Monday 24th February 2025
  • Monday 21st July 2025
  • Tuesday 22nd July 2025


Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances