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Late/Absence Procedures

Authorised absence due to illness or unavoidable circumstances


If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please either telephone the school or register the absence on Parentmail. This absence constitutes an authorised absence.


When making a decision as to whether your child should or should not attend school due to illness please read the Parents Guide to Managing Sickness Absence below.


Returning to school after illness


Children returning to school after illness should clearly be fit to do so and free from infection. If you are unsure if your child should return to school, please check the Guidance on Infection Control in Schools or call the School Office. Children should be fit to participate in all school activities, including games and play times. Injury and asthma are of course exceptions. If in doubt, the school is happy to advise.

Term time leave of absence - Unauthorised Absence


From September 2013, amendments to the registration regulations removed references to family holidays and extended leave. This means that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you must take your child out of school during term time, please put the details of the absence in writing and contact the School Office to arrange a meeting with the headteacher. Family holidays will be recorded as unauthorised absences.