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Attendance Information

Please find the most recent Attendance Policy here.

In order for children to learn effectively and make maximum progress in school (both academically and socially) it is essential that they attend on time, regularly and consistently. We expect all children on roll to attend school every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Our expected level of attendance is at least 96%.


Medical Appointments:

Please note that if it is absolutely necessary for a child to be out of school for a hospital or dentist appointment, in order for this to be authorised parents need to fill in a notification form and provide evidence. 


Unauthorised Absences:

Please also be aware that Mrs Fenby (on behalf of The Governing Body) can request a penalty notice be issued to parents where it is noticed through our ongoing monitoring that there is an emerging pattern of unauthorised absence. 


Holidays in Term Time

School is not permitted to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances (examples of what constitutes 'exceptional' is outlined within the policy). Any term time leave of absence requests need to be submitted to Mrs Fenby in writing with the exceptional circumstances explained. The request will then be considered and a decision made as to whether the request is granted and the leave authorised. If the absence is not authorised, parents will receive a note informing them of this. 


Fixed Penalty Notices

In line with government policy, parents who decide to take a holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. This could result in the issue of a fixed penalty fine or in more serious cases other legal action. In this case, parents/carers will be notified in writing and by email.


Work will not be set for completion during an unauthorised holiday as it is our expectation that the children are attending school during this time.


If you have any questions about anything in the attendance policy, please do contact the school office.

What if my child is feeling unwell?


To help with the decision about whether your child needs to be absent, please do consider the following:


  • Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.


  • Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If not, send them into school.


  • Has your child been sick or experienced diarrhoea? If so then please keep them at home until at least 48 hours after the last episode.


It is really important that you notify us on the first day your child becomes unwell/unfit for school with the reason.


Please do return your child to school when they feel better, even if it’s the end of the week. Learning still takes place on a Friday!


Do also consider bringing your child into school if they feel better during the day, so they are not missing a whole day.


If your child has a medical appointment we may request to see an appointment cards from the GP or dentist so that this absence can be authorised..