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Late/Absence Procedures

We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality education however we do appreciate there are times when children fall ill or need to have time away from school.


If your child is ill then please follow the advice from the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and call the school office to notify us for each day of the absence by leaving a message on our automated phone system. Alternatively, please use Parentmail to report an absence. The school will make contact with a child's parent/carer if we have not received a reason for the absence by 10am on each day that your child remains away from school.


If you are running late for drop-off, a quick call to the office will alert us that you are on your way and will prevent your child being marked absent in the register. When you arrive you will be asked to sign your child in through the main school office and a member of staff will ensure that your child reaches their class safely.


There are 190 school days in one academic year.

There are also 175 days of weekends and school holidays for families to enjoy together.


90% attendance = ½ day missed every week

90% attendance = 1 day missed every other week

90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed in a school year.

90% attendance over 5 years of school = ½ a school year missed!


As a result the school does not authorise family holidays in term time except in exceptional circumstances. 


We regularly monitor attendance. Parents or Carers will be contacted in writing if your child's attendance falls below the level deemed as satisfactory by Ofsted (currently 95%).