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Late/Absence Procedures

Regular attendance is an important factor in a child’s academic success. When pupils are frequently absent, it is difficult for them to keep up with their school work and this could affect their life chances. For this reason, we take school attendance very seriously.

We know that sometimes our pupils cannot come to school because they are really unwell - and that's the right thing to do for them and other students. Medical advice is clear, however, that children with mild illness will often be well enough to attend - for example, if they have a cough, or cold, without a temperature. The NHS guidance Is My Child Too Ill for School is designed to support parents in their decision-making about mild illness. The link for the guidance is below:

If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, it is very important that school is informed by 9:00 am, before the registers are closed. 

If school is not informed of an absence by this time, then the school administrator will telephone to enquire why your child is absent.

School begins at 8:45 am. If your child arrives between 8:45 am and 9:00 am, they will be marked as late on the register. If your child arrives after 9:00 am, when the registers are closed, then your child will be marked as an unauthorised absence, which will affect their attendance. Parents and guardians who bring children in after 9:00 am will be asked to sign a late sheet. This is to ensure all children are accounted for in case of a fire. 

If your child has a medical appointment during the school day, we would advise that the child attends school before the appointment or returns to school afterwards if possible to avoid missing out on their learning.