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Late/Absence Procedures


If your child is going to be absent or has been absent, parents should telephone the school office and send a written note to confirm.  If a child is absent over a longer period of illness, a doctor’s note may be requested.

The Government threshold for “persistent absenteeism” is now set 90% attendance.  Should pupils’ attendance fall below this, families will be notified via a letter from the Head Teacher.


Leaving school during school day

Where possible, we would prefer appointments to be made outside of the school day. However, should you wish to collect your child for an appointment during the school day, please go first to the school office.  If possible, please notify the school in advance by letter or telephone.



Details of school holidays are sent home regularly or may be obtained from the school office.

Holidays will not be authorised in term time.  In exceptional circumstances, absence is allowed at the Headteacher’s discretion.  A holiday application form is available from the school office.  Holiday forms require parents to state destinations of holidays and reasons why they have to be taken during term time.  We promote 100% attendance and punctuality.  Children are in school 190 days per year and not in school for 175 days, so we do discourage taking any more time out than is absolutely necessary.  Our attendance and punctuality policy may be found on the website.  We have a common policy with all our neighbouring primary and secondary schools.

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