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Late/Absence Procedures

If your child is unwell and will be staying at home please ring the school to tell us.
We can administer prescription medicines from the doctors. Forms are in the office to complete if you require us to do this. Cough sweets etc are not allowed in school.


Should your child be suffering from sickness or diarrhoea, please allow 24 hours after the last attack before allowing your child to return to school as this reduces any risk of the spread of infection.

If your child regularly uses an inhaler for asthma, ensure that they have one in school which is in date with their name on it. If your child sometimes requires an epi-pen we also need one of those in school.


Sometimes children fall ill during the day and the school will always get in contact with you. It is therefore important that we have a current contact telephone number. We may also be in touch if your child has an accident in school which is more serious than the usual scrapes and bumps. Any bumps to the head during the day will result in a letter being sent home that day informing you.

In the case of an emergency, where it has not been possible to get in contact with you, the Headteacher will act on the advice of qualified medical personnel.

Request for Absence from School


The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time.  The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. 


Application forms are available at the school office and MUST be completed prior to the request for leave, and therefore no bookings, flights etc. should be made until leave has been granted.  The request is only for exceptional circumstances, holidays and family weddings are not regarded as exceptional circumstances. 


I must make you aware that, if you do take your child out of school for this time, and the absences have not been authorised, as the request is not due to exceptional circumstances, the Children Missing from School and Employment Service will be informed. Subsequently they may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty may increase to £120.  If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, the Children Missing from Education and Child Employment Service will then institute legal proceedings against you in the magistrate’s court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly.