It is very important that in the case of absence, however short, the school should be notified by parents.  In the interest of your child’s safety, we would request a telephone call before 9.30 am.  After this time we will contact you to ascertain the reason for non-attendance.  Oral messages from children cannot be accepted. 

We would ask parents to arrange treatment outside school hours whenever possible, but require written or telephone communication should this not be the case.  Children should be collected from and returned to the front office. 

We are required to document all absences from school and the reasons for them. Any absence must be recorded as unauthorised until we receive information from parents.


During the 2015 – 2016 academic year the following attendance statistics were recorded:

Number of pupils of compulsory school age (5+) on roll for at least one session               428

Percentage of pupil sessions (half days) missed through authorised absence                   3.8 %

Percentage of pupil sessions (half days) missed through unauthorised absence               0.7 %


  • Parents and carers should avoid taking children out of school during term time in order to go on holiday.  Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • The regulations make it clear that parents do not have any right or entitlement to take a child out of school for the purposes of term-time holiday.
  • However, if you feel that it is absolutely unavoidable then you should complete leave of absence  form in advance (you can download the form by clicking on the link below) and return it to the Headteacher, making it very clear how the circumstances are exceptional.  By ‘exceptional’ we would expect the circumstances to be of unique and significant emotional, educational or spiritual value to your child, which outweighs the loss of teaching time.
  • No leave will be authorised during the assessment month of May.
  • If leave is taken after permission has been withheld then this will be recorded as unauthorised absence. This is the same as truancy.  This will appear both in the school register and in your child’s report.  Persistent unauthorised absence may result in the involvement of the Education Welfare Officer and possible legal proceedings.

Leave of Absence Form

Attendance Policy 2016