Attendance & Request For Exceptional Leave

Getting your child to school really matters.

Did you know…

If your child’s attendance during the year is...

your child would have lost approximately...

or they would have missed approximately...


9 days

45 lessons


19 days

95 lessons


28 days

140 lessons


37 days

185 lessons


46 days

230 lessons


56 days

280 lessons

You should not take your child on holiday during term time.



The form to request exceptional leave can be viewed and downloaded here.
Guidance regarding exceptional leave and other attendance issues written below.


1. When does my child need to be in School?

Your child should be in school at 8.50a.m (Juniors) 8.55a.m (Infants) in time for registration which will be called promptly. Afternoon registration is at 1.05p.m. All pupils therefore need to be in school by 1.00p.m.

2. What happens if my child is late?
  • Registration finishes at 9.15 in the mornings and 1.15 in the afternoon.
  • If your child arrives after 8.50 and before 9.15 they will be marked late.
  • If your child arrives after 9.15 they will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
  • If your child arrives after 1.00 they will be marked late.
  • If your child arrives after 1.15 they will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
  • If a pupil is late on three or more occasions a meeting will be arranged with a member of staff to discuss reasons/difficulties for lateness.

3. Does the School need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?

We do expect a parent to telephone the school on the first day of absence, especially in the case of contagious illness. However, we also need a written explanation on your child’s return to school. If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence, and this will be shown on your child’s end of year report.

4. What reasons will the school accept for absences?

· Illness
· Emergency dental/medical appointments (Please try to make routine appointments after school or during the holidays)
· Day of religious observance
· Family bereavement
· Attending an interview for a new school
· Exceptional circumstances - permission must be requested in writing in advance, and the Headteacher will probably ask to meet with you to discuss how best to minimise disruption to your child's education.

Except in case of illness, you should ask for permission for your child to miss school well in advance, giving full details.

In cases of recurring absences through illness you may be asked to produce a medical certificate.

5. What absences will not be authorised?

The school will not authorise absence for family holidays, day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays, outings looking after brothers or sisters, or if your child has slept in due to late nights.

6. Can we take family holidays during term time?

Family holidays will not be authorised during term time.  If a family holiday is taken during term time then a fixed penalty notice (fine) may be put in place via the Educational Welfare Officer.  

7. What can I do to encourage my child to attend school?

Make sure your child gets enough sleep and gets up in plenty of time each morning. Ensure that s/he leaves home in the correct clothes and is properly equipped. Show your child, by your interest, that you value his/her education.

8. My child is trying to avoid coming to school. What should I do?

Contact your child’s class teacher, Deputy Head or Headteacher and openly discuss your worries. Your child could be avoiding school for a number of reasons – difficulties with work, bullying, friendship problems, family difficulties. It is important that we identify the reason for your child’s reluctance to attend school and work together to tackle the problem.

The school may refer you to an Education Social Worker who works with staff and families if difficulties with attendance arise.

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