Absence

What do I do if my child is absent?

Although we encourage children to attend school every day, we realise that sometimes children are unwell and therefore unable to come to school.

When your child is absent from school you must:

  • Phone the school before 9.30 every day to let us know why your child is absent.
  • Reply to the email we send you regarding your child’s absence or write a letter (or fill out an absence form available from the office) giving the reason for the absence; this is a legal requirement.
  • If you know your child will be absent from school for part of the day – for example to attend a hospital appointment. You must inform the school in writing before the day of the appointment.
  • Absences cannot be authorised until written/email notification has been received.

Holiday During Term Time

It is a legal requirement for children to attend school. The school places great importance on attendance. High attendance leads to high achievement. From 1st September 2013 legislation prohibits any school from authorising leave of absence for holidays except in exceptional circumstances.

If you feel you have exceptional circumstances for a leave of absence during term time, please write to Mrs Lester explaining your reasons before the absence is due to start to see whether it can be authorised. Leave will not be authorised if your child’s attendance is below 96%. The Headteacher’s decision is final.