Absence Policy


The school places attendance high on the school agenda and prides itself on very good attendance over the years. If your child is absent, the school will need to know the reason why. If your child is ill, please let us know by telephone as early as possible that morning. If appropriate, we then authorise the absence. It is vital we know of the cause of the absence, as we will contact the family of any child absent without a reason. We would encourage any medical appointments such as dentist or doctors to be taken out of normal school hours.


In the event of persistent illness, evidence via a doctor’s note or prescription may be requested. The school nurse is available for help and advice for those parents dealing with a child with a persistent medical condition.

The school day starts promptly at 8.45am. Arriving late can not only affect the child’s learning and ability to settle into the school day but can also affect the child’s attendance record. Persistent lateness may also lead to the school querying whether support is needed.


Please note that children are not allowed to be absent during term time for a family holiday or event. In exceptional circumstances; such as a parent deployed for military service or one day for a significant family event, a request for leave may be granted. This request will be at the head teacher’s discretion. Where it is evident that a child has been withdrawn from school for a holiday in term time the school may pursue this issue with the LA and a fine imposed.


Children are not allowed out of school during school hours without the presence of a parent or carer. Please contact the school office if you wish to collect your child for any reason.