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Attendance and Absence


If your child is too ill to attend school you must contact the school before 08:30am on the first day of absence.  

You can do this by calling us on 01474 703398 and selecting option 1 or by emailing

We will need a description of your child's illness and a suspected return date.

Children of school-age who are on roll at a school must, by law, attend school regularly and punctually. Regular attendance is important, not just because the law requires it but also because it is the best way of ensuring children make the most of the educational opportunities available to them. 
When a child is absent from school, he or she misses not only the teaching provided on the days when absent, but is also less prepared for lessons on their return. This will lead to a risk of underachievement which schools and parents will both want to avoid. 
There may be occasions when a child has to miss school - for example, if unwell. Any other absences should be kept to an absolute minimum. In particular, parents should avoid taking children out of school during term-time in order to go on holiday.  

Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education and are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school.

As well as providing children with a full time education good attendance also helps to develop:


Social skills

Team values

Life skills

Cultural awareness

Parents should work in partnership with the school, notifying the school of the reason for any of their child’s absences and highlighting any areas of concern they may have so they can be addressed promptly. 

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Attendance Matters

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The effect of absence on school progress.

If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up. 

  • Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

Attendance and Absence: What's Happening

Please complete the 'Pupil Absence Request Form' if you intend to take your child on holiday during term time.

Please complete the 'Pupil Absence Notification Form' if your child has an unavoidable appointment.

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