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Parents are legally required to ensure that their children attend school. If your child is ill or cannot attend school for any reason please contact the school office by 09.10am on the first morning of the absence. This allows us to authorise the absence on the school system.

Parents are no longer able to request holidays in term time. The school does not have holiday forms, and any holidays taken will be considered as an unauthorised absence.

All holidays taken of 5 days and over will lead to a penalty notice.

Recording information

Schools have to keep an accurate school register of attendance and lateness.

Unacceptable absences have to be recorded as unauthorised absences and irregular attendance has to be reported to the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). Failure to give reason for absence may result in you being contacted by our Education Welfare Officer, and fines issued accordingly.

If your child has to leave school during school hours to visit a clinic, doctor or dentist he/she must be collected from the school by a responsible adult, with a copy of the appointment card.

This person must report to the office and sign out your child. If your child returns to school during the day, please ensure that you report their return to the school office and again sign the child in.


Punctuality is also important in the education of your child and is monitored in school. If your child has 3 or more incidents of lateness during a half term you will be contacted and offered any support that you might need to ensure that your child is arriving at school on time. The school day starts at 8.45am when the registers are taken. Children arriving after 8.55am will need to enter via the school main entrance and will be registered as a late arrival. Any arrivals after 9.25am will be marked absent/unauthorised in the morning register which will then affect your child’s overall attendance