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Attendance, Absence and Illness

Absence and Illness

  1. If your child is not well enough to attend school, please inform the school office by telephone 01223 568834 or email on the first morning of absence and by letter on your child's return to school to explain the reason for absence. Please keep the school up to date regarding the health of your child until your child returns back to school.

  2. If your child has a medical appointment, please inform the school office the day before if possible or by telephone on the day and show any appointment details to the office staff.

  3. Holidays are not authorised during term time. If a leave of absence in term time is required permission must be obtained from the Headteacher/Governors. Please give at least 14 days notice prior to the start of the leave of absence.

  4. If you consider it is necessary for your child to be absent from school for any other reason, please seek permission from the Headteacher.

  5. All letters should be addressed to the Headteacher.

  6. All absences are recorded as authorised or unauthorised.

  7. Our LAAO (Local Authority Attendance Officer) works closely with the school to monitor attendance and lateness. The governors also have a duty to monitor attendance, lateness and holiday requests.

  8. If you are uncertain as to whether your child should remain at home or come to school when they are feeling unwell you can access some useful information and guidance from the NHS here


Sickness and Diarrhoea

School policy is that your child cannot return to school for 48 hours from the last time they are sick or have diarrhoea.



Staff will only administer prescribed medicines.  If your child needs medicine during school hours please speak to the office to complete a Medicine Consent Form. Children needing asthma inhalers in school are encouraged to keep them in the classroom and use them independently when necessary. Please inform the school office in writing if your child has been prescribed an inhaler.




Attendance Policy 2023

Absence from school for Exceptional circumstances - A guidance for Parents/ Carers

School attendance, what does it all mean? - A guidance for Parents and Carers.