Attendance and Absence
Children are not allowed to be absent, unless they have permission from the school, for any reason other than illness. Permission is normally granted for medical appointments although we do ask that non-urgent appointments be made for outside school hours, and for one family holiday per year.
When your child has been ill please inform the school the reason for your child's absence either by letter, telephone message or by telling the class teacher.
Educational legislation means that lateness and unexplained absences are deemed to be unauthorised and are therefore recorded as truancies.
If your child has a medical appointment during the school day and leave of absence has been granted to attend please inform the class teacher. Children must be collected from school by a responsible adult for all such appointments. Very rarely and only in exceptional circumstances if we have received a written request from parents will children be allowed to leave school premises on their own.
Returning to school after illness
Children returning to school after illness should clearly be fit to do so and free from infection. With regards to sickness and diarrhoea children should not return to school until 48 hours have passed since the last bout of illness. Children should be fit to participate in all school activities including outdoor games and PE, playtime. Injury, asthma, respiratory problems or circulation difficulties are of course exceptions. If in doubt the school is happy to advise.
Attendance is just above the national average.
Leave of absence for holidays, as per Government guidelines 2013, is now no longer authorised. Should a parent want to take their child on holiday during term time a holiday application form must be completed. The Headteacher will then consider this application. Only under extreme circumstances will a holiday be approved during term time. PARENTS OF YEAR 2 AND YEAR 6 PUPILS PLEASE AVOID HOLIDAYS DURING SATs (ALL OF MAY FOR YEAR 2 AND USUALLY 2nd WEEK OF MAY FOR YEAR 6) It is vital that Year 6 pupils do not miss their SATs tests, as this affects their assessments for High School and school league tables are adversely affected.
For more details please see our attendance policy below.