Late/Absence Procedures

Reporting Pupil Absence (illness)

Parents must inform the school office before 8.55am on the morning of their child's first day of absence. This can be done by contacting the school office by telephone on 02476 466309 and either speaking in person to a member of staff or by leaving a message on the school answerphone. Parents should give their child's name, class and reason for absence. (When reporting illness we will require the details of your child's illness e.g. high temperature, rather than 'unwell'.) Parents should also advise school of their child's expected date of return. 


Reporting pupil absence (medical appointment)

Children's medical appointments should take place outside of the school day whenever possible. Should this not be practical, then we require parents to provide us with advance notice of the planned absence, supported by written evidence e.g. hospital appointment letter. Children should be out of school for the minimum amount of time possible when attending medical appointments.


Term time absence (holidays)

Term time holidays cannot be authorised by Head Teachers.


Family holidays (including those taken due to lower cost/parental work commitments), family celebrations and days out are all events which can be planned for in advance and which can be planned to take place outside of school terms. As such they do not meet our criteria for exceptional circumstances. 


Any term time holiday will be recorded as unauthorised and should its duration be in excess of nine half day sessions, a fixed term penalty notice fine will be issued. This currently stands at £60 per parent per child.


Term time absence (due to exceptional circumstances)

Pupil's will only be granted term time leave of absence by the Head Teacher for 'exceptional circumstances'. (Events which cannot be planned for in advance).


All requests for exceptional term time absence must be made in writing using Form 2b which can be found in our school attendance policy. Each request for exceptional term time absence is considered individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request.







Our morning registers are called and our learning begins at 8.50am. In order to facilitate a prompt start to the day our main school gate opens at 8.40am which is the time at which our staff will begin to greet the children at their classroom door. It is expected that all children will have arrived in their classroom by 8.50am when the register is called. Any child who arrives in their classroom after 8.55am will be marked as being 'late'. 


In order to safeguard our staff and children our main school gate is locked promptly at 8.50am. Parents should ensure that they have left our school site before the gate is locked.


Should your child arrive at school after the main school gate has been locked then you will need to sign them in at our school office.


Parents of children who are regularly late, (who have received 4 late marks) will be made aware of their child's lateness by our Deputy Head teacher. Should further lateness occur then school will arrange to meet with parents in order that support can be put in place.