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All parents want their children to do well at school.

To make the most of school, children have to be there.


Our expectation is that students arrive on time and attend regularly - that is every day the school is open unless there is an unavoidable reason for not doing so.


Please try to make sure:-


Your child arrives between 8.20 and 8.30 each morning.

Your child comes to school every day.


  • If a pupil is to be absent, parents/carers must call the school by 8.30am on the day of the absence stating a reason.
  • If a parent/ carer has not contacted the school to explain an absence the school follows this up immediately. The police will be informed if a child has not arrived at school and parents /carers expected the child to be there.
  • If your child needs to be off school for longer than 2 days, please inform the office straight away either by note or phone. Do not wait until they return.
  • Please try to organise doctor and dentist appointments out of school hours. If this is not possible, they should still only miss part of the school day.


Authorised (approved) absence – types of authorised absence that may be approved:-

● Leave of absence - for bereavement, funeral

● Medical absence for appointments – at Hospital or Orthodontic appointments. (Nonurgent routine check-up appointments should be made for after school hours or during the school holidays.) Students are expected to be absent for the minimal amount of time and not absent for the whole day.

● Illness

● Religious observance

● If a student is excluded from school for a behaviour related incident, this is an authorised absence.


Unauthorised (not approved) absence – types of absence that will not be approved

● Absence due to birthday, shopping for uniform, looking after family members.

● Holiday in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances agreed to by the Head teacher – in line with changes to the law implemented in 2013.

● Late arrival to school after the register has closed has to be recorded as an unauthorised absence.



All pupils are expected to be in school for registration at the start of the day. Playground gates are closed promptly at 08.35 a.m. All children arriving after this time enter through the front door and sign in late at the office.

  • Any pupil arriving after the closure of registration will be recorded as late and parents will receive a text informing them their child was late.
  • If your child is late twice, a letter will be emailed home.
  • If your child is late three times they will receive a lunchtime detention and parents will be invited into school to meet with the Headteacher and Educational Welfare Officer.


Holidays in Term Time


Parents are strongly encouraged to take family holidays during the school holidays. We feel that attendance at school is vital if your child is to be as successful as we would all like. No holidays will be authorised during term time. Any holidays taken will be recorded as unauthorised on a child’s attendance register. Any requests for absence due to special circumstances on medical, religious or compassionate nature should be made in writing to the Headteacher.


The school will inform the local authority if any child has more than 10 unauthorised sessions within a 7 week period, which may result in a penalty notice. This is a fixed penalty of £60 for each parent/carer per child. (If paid within 28 days, rising to £100 thereafter)


If you need further information regarding attendance please look at our attendance policy it is also available from the school office.