All children are expected to be in school promptly by the start time. Children arriving more than 10 minutes after the start time should enter the school by the main entrance and notify the office staff of their late arrival. In the case of illness, the school should be contacted on the first day a child is absent from school, either by telephone, personal visit or letter by 9.30am. If a child fails to arrive at school and no message is received, the school will contact the parents to ensure the safety of the child concerned.

Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, punctually, properly dressed, equipped and in a fit condition to learn. If a child is prevented for any reason from attending, or is late, parents are requested to notify the school as soon as possible.

A child’s absence from school must be considered as unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is forthcoming from the parent. Parents will be informed of any concerns, which may arise over a child’s attendance. Parents should avoid, if at all possible, making routine medical/ dental appointments for their child during school hours or taking holidays during term time.

The county have sent out the very latest information and guidance for School Attendance and Statutory Regulations. The amendments make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

A definition of exceptional circumstances is set out below:

Forces Personnel on leave from a foreign posting.

Exceptional significant family events or circumstances – these will be considered on an individual basis with you.

It may be appropriate to make allowances for parents who work for the emergency services and are only granted leave at certain times.

The Headteacher will consider every above request individually but the following will not meet the criteria:-

  • Relatives coming to visit
  • Cheaper holidays in England and abroad
  • Family day trips
  • Visiting family/friends that have different half term holidays and may include refusal to attend family weddings and visits to see family abroad.

All the above information and relevant links to government guidance can be found on the following website:-