Attendance and Absences

If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, it is essential that you inform the school. You can do this by either:

  • telephoning the school and leaving a message on the absence line
  • delivering a note to the school office in person

If a phone call has not been received or a note dropped off, the office will call you on the first day of absence for monitoring purposes.

Leave of absence requests

Holidays must not be taken during term time. The Headteacher however has discretionary powers to grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances.

Leave of absence requested for educational purposes will be granted e.g. Music exams. Absence request forms are available from the school office.

The school must collect and report details of absences by law and so these are monitored closely. Lateness is also monitored.

Why is school attendance so important?

Why is school attendance so important?

Attendance in school is really important! As a school, we are concerned that our overall attendance is suffering as a result of families choosing to take holidays during term time. Did you know that a child who is absent for just half a day of school per week will miss the equivalent of a year of their school life?


Absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:

  • mean that they fall behind in learning
  • affect their motivation and confidence
  • affect their enjoyment of learning
  • affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra curricular opportunities and experiences
  • affect their ability to have or keep friendships.

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