We are required to keep an up-to-date and accurate record of the reasons for each child’s absence – for example, whether due to illness, hospital, speech therapy or holiday. If your child is ill, please contact the school on the first day of absence, so that there is no misunderstanding as to their whereabouts. On your child's return to school we request that parents inform us in writing of the reason why their child was away. If children are sick they should be kept at home for at least 48 hours to help minimise the spread of infection.
If we do not receive any communication then the child is marked as having an unauthorised absence.
An Attendance Improvement Officer visits the school each half term to go through the registers for each class. If a child is often absent without an appropriate reason the officer will write to or visit the family to
offer support. It is very important for a child not only to attend school regularly but also to arrive at school on time so that they do not miss any of their education.
The government and county council no longer allow holidays to be taken during term time. The Governing Body may authorise up to 10 days holiday during term time in any school year (September to July) but only under very exceptional circumstances . Parents are asked to obtain permission from the Chair of Governors in order to do this.
Please note that this is NOT an entitlement.