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Attendance and Late/Absence Procedures



Good attendance is a vital component to a child’s success at school. It not only allows your child to make the best progress they can, but also prepares them to grow into responsible, reliable individuals

Amendments made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 make clear that headteachers may no longer grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents can now be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

If there are exceptional circumstances behind your request, you should discuss these with the Headteacher. If your child is absent from school because of a holiday which has not been agreed, this will be classified as an unauthorised absence and you may be fined or legal action taken against you.

Illness / Planned Absences


We expect all of our children to attend school everyday unless they are unwell. Absences from school should be kept to a minimum and, where possible, all appointments should be made for after the school day.

For advice from NHS  regarding children's illnesses please click here


Can we please ask all parents/carers that when your child is going to be absent from school, you let the school know on each day of absence  before 9:30am . This can be done by phoning the absence line.

 01727 859978  Option 1 (24 hour answer machine)

or email



If your child has an urgent medical appointment, please email the school office.


Please can you remember to cancel their school meal on The Pantry website, to avoid the school being charged unnecessarily.


If your child is absent and we have not heard from you then our Receptionist- Mrs Rodrigues will call. If you are unavailable she will leave a message for you to call back and let us know the reason for absence. If you get this message please do call ASAP. 


On the child’s return to school, if 3 days or more have elapsed, a written explanation needs to be sent with the child so this can be entered as an official absence on the attendance register.


Late Arrivals


All children should be in school and on the playground, ready for when the bell goes at 8.50 am. If you arrive late and the classroom door is closed, the teachers will be unable to let you in; you will need to go to the Office to sign your child in. This is a safeguarding requirement and ensures that all children are recorded accurately on the register. The office team will arrange for your child to be taken to their classroom. 


If you know your child is going to be late into school, can you please inform the school so we know what time we should be expecting them to arrive.

If you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test


You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do