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School Attendance

At Wilstead, we strongly believe that regular attendance is key to the success of our pupils as learners and future citizens. Here you will find information about the policies and procedures we follow and our expectations for Wilstead families. 

Why Does It Matter?

Excellent attendance at school is vital to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential. This video shows just some of the key reasons why it is so important that children attend school.

In England, our children start school the term before their fifth birthday. Although statutory attendance isn't expected until a child is five, we have observed that the children who attend full time right from the start of Reception have a distinct advantage as they have taken every opportunity for learning that is offered.


We encourage new Reception parents to commit to bringing their child into school every day.  We do understand that starting school often increases the likelihood of children catching minor ailments, meaning that children need to attend every day that they are well enough to be here.

Policies and Procedures

Wilstead is a Local Authority school and as such follows the guidance and expectations of Bedford Borough's Behaviour and Attendance Team. Here are links to our policies and to Bedford Borough's online Attendance information.