If your child is absent, please contact school on the First Day of Absence by
- calling on 01202 290497 and selecting option 1 (there is the option to leave a voicemail if the line is busy)
- sending a text
- sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will require the following information:
- your child’s name and class
- your relationship to the child
- the reason for their absence
If you do not make contact, we will text you to confirm the reason for absence.
If a child continues to be absent for more than one day and no reason has been received, we will call all named contacts to ascertain the reason for absence. The Head Teacher may use his discretion to make a decision as to whether a home visit is required.
If you have called the school on the first day of absence, it is not necessary to call every day. Should your child be ill for several days or still be absent after the weekend, please call and update us.
If your child is suffering from a vomiting or diarrhoea related illness, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last bout.
If your child has a medical appointment, please contact the school to advise the time of the appointment and expected time to return to school. Please bring the appointment letter/card so this may be noted on your child's record.
Morning registration takes place between 08.40 and 08.50. Teachers close the registers at 8.50 and any children arriving in their classroom after this time will be registered as late. Children must then enter school via the school office and will need to be accompanied by an adult and signed in.
Any child arriving after 09.00 will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.
Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of other children in their class. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern, further action may be taken.
Request for Absence in Term Time
You do not legally have the right to take your child out of school during term time without the permission of the head teacher. He must agree that the circumstances are exceptional and is able to authorise no more than 10 days. If you wish to request time off in term time you should complete an absence request form which is available from the school office or can be downloaded below.
We expect all pupils to have at least 96% attendance to ensure they achieve the very best and get the most out of school. In line with Government guidance, we continue to request that the Local Authority issues a penalty notice in instances of unauthorised absence and, where these have not been paid, the Local Authority has proceeded with a prosecution in a number of cases. All parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their children have regular school attendance.