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Absence & Attendance




When booking routine medical and dental appointments every effort should be made to book appointments out of school hours. 

Reporting an absence

If you need to report your child’s absence, please do so before 9:30am using one of the following options:

Absence due to sickness

If your child is unwell, please let us know the nature of the illness and the expected duration of absence from school.    

Please note if a child has sickness or diarrhoea they should be kept off school.  They must only return once 48 hours since the last episode has passed and as such a minimum of 2 days off school will be required for such conditions (in accordance with guidance set by the department of health).

When deciding whether your child is too ill to attend school. It may help to ask yourself:

  • Is your child well enough to carry out the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home and consult your GP as appropriate.
  • Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
  • Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.


Term time absence

From September 2013 amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 removes reference to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days.  The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. We understand that there may be exceptional circumstances which may necessitate a longer absence for an agreed period, but this is also discretionary.

If you wish to take your child away during time term, please submit your request to  the School Office, at least 2 weeks in advance so that an appointment (phone or face to face) to discuss your request can be arranged and a decision made.

Leave taken without permission will be recorded as unauthorised. 

Please do not make any arrangements before a decision is taken.

Please also note that no leave will be authorised during the Year 1 phonics testing, Year 6 SATS and optional SATS for other year groups.

More details can be found in our Attendance Policy