Absence & Illness
We have a statutory duty to keep a record of all unauthorised absences and to note these on each child's annual report. This is part of the national endeavour to monitor and discourage truancy. The Department for Education now requires all schools to publish unauthorised absence. Lateness also comes under this category. Registers will be closed at 9.00am each morning and children arriving after that time will be marked late. It is important that parents notify us in person, by telephone on 01372 453277 or in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, of the reason for their child's absence, by 9.00am. This must be done for each day that a child is absent from school. As school holiday dates are published well in advance it is severely detrimental to your child's education to take holidays during term time. Permission for absence during term time will not be granted except in “exceptional circumstances”.
Medical or dental treatment appointments should, if possible, be made out of school hours.
To request term time absence for medical or other reasons please find the forms below.
In the event of your child being unable to attend school because they are unwell please call the school office on 01372 453277 before 9.00am.
If your child has vomiting or diarrhoea they should not attend school until 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea.
The school follows the Health Protection Agency guidance on preventing infection. The following document gives more information about whether you need to keep your child away from school if they have an illness or infection:
Children who are taken ill during the day are watched by the office staff and if very unwell the parents or carer will be asked to take them home. We operate on the principle that children who attend school are well enough to participate in all school activities including swimming, PE and playtime sessions.