We expect all children to attend school every day and to go straight to their classrooms at the start of the day. Periods of absence and poor punctuality are disruptive to the children’s learning and send poor messages about the value of education. We ask parents to support us in ensuring their children do not miss out through unnecessary absences.
Holidays are expected to be taken during the school holidays. Exceptions for extra-ordinary circumstances may be made for at the consideration and discretion of the headteacher, in which case a Leave of Absence form must be completed. These are available from the school office. Additional documentation may be required to support the request for leave of absence. Please note that there is no obligation for us to authorise holidays during term time. Your child’s attendance rate will be taken into consideration when considering any authorised absence from school and will not be granted if your child’s attendance is below 97%.
It is essential that the school knows if there is any change in collection arrangements for your child. Senior leaders are available in the playground at the start of the school day and classteachers at the end of each day for you to communicate any such information.
Please ring the school office before 2.30pm if there are any last minute changes, eg. someone other than the person known to staff is to collect your child at the end of the day. Calling before 2.30pm is important as it allows time for us to get messages to classrooms before the end of the day.
All late arrivals to school must sign the late register in the entrance area. Failure to do so means that your child will remain absent on the school register and in the event of an emergency would be considered as absent. It could also mean that your child will not be included in the school meal numbers for the day.
If you know your child will be late or absent, for example due to a hospital appointment, please inform the office in advance of the absence either by phone or in writing. Please remember to send a letter explaining the reason for your child's absence on his/her return. Letters regarding absence should be handed into the office and not the class teacher. This will enable us to keep track of absences centrally. Where possible, please make essential appointments after registration in the afternoon.
All absences not reported to the school will be recorded as unauthorised until the reason for your child not being at school is established.
Sickness Please report in person or by telephone by 9.15 am to the school office.
Please use the form below to inform the school of your childs absence. This will be sent directly to the office via email.
To apply for special leave for exceptional circumstances, please download form here, complete and return to the office.