We work hard with pupils and families to ensure that pupils are in school as much as possible.
Absence and lateness cause pupils to miss out on learning experiences and we want to avoid that.
Attendance during one school year
Equivalent days missed
Equivalent weeks missed
Equivalent lessons missed
Lateness really adds up:
|If your child is this many minutes late each day:||Over a year they miss this much school:|
|5 minutes||3 days lost|
|10 minutes||6.5 days lost|
|15 minutes||10 days lost|
|20 minutes||13 days lost|
|30 minutes||19 days lost|
Where pupils have poor attendance, or frequent lateness, we will contact you to discuss it. You may be invited to an Attendance Action Plan meeting or be required to provide medical evidence for any absence or appointment, in consultation with the Education Welfare Service.
Often children with a minor illness (such as a cold or hayfever) can attend school. Looking after your child is very important to us and we will of course contact you if we feel they should be home. We can administer medication such as calpol or antibiotics when you complete a medical consent form. You can pick up a form from the school office or download a copy here.
If a child becomes ill whilst at school they will be looked after until such time as the child is able to return home. The school does have a dedicated first aider who can provide medical assistance where necessary. Contact will also be made with the parents as rapidly as possible.
In an emergency, an ambulance may be called for paramedic advice and/or to take the child to the hospital.
IMPORTANT: PUPILS WHO SUFFER DIARRHOEA / VOMITING DUE TO A BUG, AND MAY BE INFECTIOUS, SHOULD NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER THE LAST EPISODE OF VOMITING OR DIARRHOEA.
It is extremely important that emergency contact numbers are kept up to date. Please inform us immediately if personal details change, by emailing the school office.
If your child cannot attend school for any reason school must be informed.
Please contact the school before 8:30am ON EACH DAY OF ABSENCE.
If your child has a medical appointment that interrupts their school day please ensure that we are also made aware of this in advance.
If we do not have a reason for a pupil’s absence, the Attendance Office will contact you via a telephone call or a text message.
Requests for leave of absence
Permission will not be routinely given for absence during term time. Any absence during term time has an effect on learning and social interactions.
Any request for leave of absence should be made by completing a request form, which can be collected from the school office or downloaded here: