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Attendance Information

Muscliff Primary School Attendance Policy - revised April 2019.

Please take some time to read the policy above.


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. More details can be found in Section 5 of the policy.


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. More details can be found in section 11 of the policy.


As you know school are not permitted to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any term time leave of absence requests need to be submitted to Mrs Fenby in writing (not email) 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 now receive a note informing them of this. 


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

Please find below a letter outlining new Government expectations of children's attendance at school that we sent out in September 2015. Our Attendance Policy was updated to reflect these (see above). You will also find below an information leaflet from the Bournemouth Education Social Work service who monitor the attendance of school children across the Borough.

What if my child is feeling poorly?


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 it can be helpful if you can provide us with any medical notes /appointment cards from the GP.