Attendance & Holidays
Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
The government expects:
Schools and local authorities to:
Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled;
act early to address patterns of absence.
Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school
age who are registered at school attend regularly.
All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.
If your child is unable to attend school, you need to contact the school office by 8:55am, either by telephone (not text), email or letter to inform them. The school may then authorise this absence.
If you don’t do so, the school may contact you or one of your emergency contacts to check on the attendance.
If your child is missing school and you fail to contact us with a reason, the absences will be unauthorised and will carry the risk of a penalty notice or prosecution.
The following may be authorised by the school:
♦ Genuine illness of pupil
♦ Leave in term time (you should ask permission first, by law, the school can only authorise in exceptional circumstances)
♦ Short term emergency
♦ Certain days for religious observation
♦ Dentist or doctors’ appointment (try to make appointments outside school time and include, where possible, the medical appointment notification)
♦ Hospital treatment
If possible, notify the school of any issues that may affect your child’s attendance before the absence occurs.
Unacceptable reasons for absence include:
♦ Holidays in term time which are not authorised by your child’s school
♦ Hair cut
♦ Airport visits
♦ Birthday treats
♦ Days out / trips
♦ Looking after brothers and sisters at home
♦ Non-urgent medical or dental appointments
♦ Illness of parent/carer
♦ Attending a siblings appointment
♦ Please note that the decision to authorise absences rests with schools and not parents.
To notify us of a planned absence please complete the absence form below and send to the school office prior to the absence, either by email (use ABSENCE in the subject line) or via the red school post box.
Absence Form – Editable using Word
Absence Form – For printing and manually completing (also available from the school office)
Holidays must not be taken during school time. Leave during term time will only be considered under ‘special’ or ‘exceptional’ circumstances. Please complete the holiday request form and return to school for consideration before booking and well in advance of the proposed leave.