It is important that children come to school on time every day. There is a link between good school attendance and high level attainment. Regardless of the reason, if your child is absent from school it will impact on their learning. Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school every day and on time.
It is a parent/carer's responsibility to notify school if their child is absent and a reason must be provided. We ask that parents/carers ring school to report their child's absence.
We monitor the children's attendance every day and will contact parents where there are concerns.
Too ill to attend school?
Children can attend school with minor ailments (e.g. toothache, stomach ache, headache, sore throat, cold), over the counter medicines can be given at home before school. School will contact you if they become too ill to remain in school. Children should be off school for 48 hours if they have sickness or diarrhoea.
Self-care for minor illness
The following illnesses can be managed safely with self-care and do not require to see a GP routinely. The links below offer clinically approved information on how to recognise them.
Hand, foot and mouth disease: www.nhs.uk/conditions/hand-foot-mouth-disease
Common cold: www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold
Over the counter medicine from the local pharmacy can help manage symptoms, including calpol, nurofen, piriton and eye drops. Pharmacists can provide advice on the use of these medicines and instructions are provided in the packaging.
Where possible all appointments should be booked outside school hours. Where this is not possible, the amount of school time missed should be kept to a minimum. School may not authorise the time off school if medical evidence is not provided.
Unauthorised Leave in Term Time (holidays)
Children are not entitled to holidays in term time. Family holidays should be taken during school holiday periods. Requests for leave due to exceptional circumstance preventing the period of leave being taken during the school holidays must be made in writing to the Headteacher (forms available from the school office). Fixed penalty notices (fines) of up to £120 per parent/carer may be issued where unauthorised leave has been taken during term time.