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Attendance and Absence

School Attendance and Absence



Absence due to illness

If your child is poorly please contact the school on the first day of absence. Once the absence is registered you do not need to phone again for three days and every three days following that.

If you do not contact us, we will contact you by phone  on the first day of absence.

If your child has a medical appointment, please phone the school office to let us know. You can register this absence on the day or even a couple of days  before.  (Please do not leave messages with the teaching or support staff.)

If your child has been absent from school due to illness such as sickness or upset tummy, please ensure that the absence period is approximately 48 hours.

Absence due to holidays.

You may be aware that holidays in term time can no longer be authorised. Absence from school during term time may only be taken in exceptional circumstances. 

School days are important. We like children to attend every day that they can. Of course, children cannot attend when they are unwell and we do not expect them to come to school.

Sometimes, for very specific reasons, parents need to take their child out of school during term times. If this is the case, please ensure that applications are completed six weeks in advance of the request. The school will advise if the absence can be authorised or not.

Unauthorised holidays in term time for periods of five school days or more, (at any time during one academic year) will carry a fixed penalty notice issued by the local authority.


Medicines in School

For a child with a medical condition, a Health Care Plan will be drawn up to ensure the child is looked after effectively whilst in school.

Should your child require medication whilst in school please note:

The medical request form should be filled out at the school office.
Clear instructions should be given about dosage
Ensure medication clearly labelled.


Illness in School

When children become ill in school we will:-

Contact parents by telephone at home or place of work. In order to avoid delay the school must have a telephone number where contact can be made. If we are unable to contact parents or a designated adult the school will make a decision about the most appropriate way of dealing with the accident or illness.


Please check your contact details regularly and update mobile phone numbers when necessary - thank you!


Guidance materials

Leave of absence in term time flowchart

NYCC letter to parents regarding term time absence

Effective attendance practice in schools

Ensuring Effective attendance DFE

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