Absences

If your child is absent from school, he/she will miss out on the learning opportunities prepared for them. It is therefore essential that absences are kept to a minimum.

  • If your child is ill, please inform the school on the first day of absence by telephoning.
  • In accordance with the  Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and Other Childcare Settings documentation, if your child suffers from sickness or diarrhoea, they should not return to school until 48 hours have passed since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. This documentation also includes other recommended time frames for a child to be kept away from school according to the illness they have.
  • If for a valid reason, holidays need to be taken in term time, please complete and return a request form The Headteacher will usually grant the request, as long as the child’s attendance is good and as long as no more that 10 days are taken in any one academic year. When a holiday request is granted it is recorded as an authorised absence. When no request is received or a request is declined and a holiday is taken, the absence is recorded as unauthorised.
  • If your child needs to be collected from school early e.g. to attend a doctor or dental appointment, please inform us in writing, so that the class teacher is informed and can ensure that the child is ready for collection. When possible, teachers will alter arrangements so that the most important work is covered with the pupil before or after attending the medical appointment. This ensures that admin staff are not away from the office, informing teachers of planned absences and that missed learning is kept to a minimum.
  • We work with the EWO to monitor attendance and we will routinely contact parents if their child’s attendance drops below 90%.