School Day and Attendance

It is important to be at school and on time. 

At Braywood our school day starts at 8.45am for all children. It is important to be on time because it sets habits for the future. In the morning the gates officially close at 9am. 

At the end of the day we finish at:-

  • 2.45pm for Foundation children
  • 3pm for Year 1 and 2 children and
  • 3.15pm for Year 3 and 4
For the safety of the children the inside gates are closed between 9am until 2.30pm. Once they are locked, parents should always enter by the front door so that we are aware you are on the premises. All visitors must report to the school office to sign in and receive a visitors lanyard. 
Year 1 and Foundation children are collected at the end of the day from their classroom and the teacher will only dismiss the children when they see the child's parent. Year 2, 3 and 4 wait to be collected in the playground. 
Parents must notify the school as to who is collecting their child at the end of the day if it is not themselves. Class teachers will not allow children to go home with an adult they do not know. Dismissal procedures ensure that staff can identify the adults who collect the children at the end of the day. 

School starts at 8.45. It is important that your child is punctual as the first few minutes of school are a very important time of the day. If you bring your child in late you will need to come into school via reception and sign them in. If you are going to be late at the end of the school day please ring the school and your child can wait in the school office. If you are more than 15 minutes late then your child will be placed in after school club 'Squirrel Club'. 

If there are any problems we have a range of extended school support through clubs and Braywood Extra. In addition to support busy parents at the beginning of the morning, we provide a 'kiss and drop' facility from 8.20am to 8.45am where parents/carers can drop their child off outside the Church House. A member of staff will safely deliver them to the classroom. 


It is obviously very important that your child attends school every day. Sometimes though children are ill or can need to attend appointments during the school day. Please let us know in advance if your child needs picking up during the day and the reason why. You will need to sign them in and out at reception.Your child should be in school at least 95% of the year and we have 100% stickers which are awarded at our Family Assemblies. You can see what the attendance rate of your child is through your eschools platform. 

If your child is ill please let us know as soon as possible by telephone, we can let their class teacher know.   We will need a written note explaining their absence on their return, this can be done by e-mail or if you prefer via

Emergency Closure 

In exceptional circumstances, situations may arise where it is necessary to close the school. Where possible, parents will be informed the day before through text or email. If the school has to be closed at short notice a message will be placed on our website, RBWM website, Radio Berkshire and a text will also be sent. 

If the weather is snowy or very icy will usually conduct a whole school 'kiss and drop' through the main door because of the hazards presented by the road. 

Leaving the school

We would be grateful if your child leaves Braywood for what ever reason that you put this in writing and let us know the name of their new school. This helps Admissions at the Town Hall and allows us to send your child’s progress file to the correct school. 


Braywood Extra 

Breakfast Club
Our Breakfast Club runs every morning from 7.45am to 8.45am and is organised by trained members of school staff. Your child can be dropped off for a short time or they can stay for longer and have a healthy breakfast. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed where children can play with games or toys.

Our After School Club
Our after school club, The Squirrels, is very popular and runs from the end of the school day until 5.30pm. The club is focussed around the child’s interests and activities are stimulating, enjoyable and quite different from the usual school day. The club is run by trained teaching assistants with a strong emphasis on pastoral care. There is a snack provided at 3.15pm and a nutritious tea around 4.45pm, if your child is staying for the full session. The cost varies depending upon the time your child stays at school.