A child may be taken out of school for up to a maximum of 10 days during term time. Beyond that, all absences other than for illness are regarded as being unauthorised. The way in which the National Curriculum now operates makes it increasingly difficult for teachers to give children the opportunity to cover those areas missed through absence.
Requests for leave of absence must be submitted in writing if it is your intention to take your children on holiday during term time.
In some instances the cumulative effect of holidays and absence through illness can have serious implications with regard to progress and levels achieved. All absences, both authorised and unauthorised will be recorded and reported to parents in July of each year.
In the event of absence from school, parents should contact the school office before 15 am on the first day of absence. It is very important for the school to be notified by telephone if a child is to be absent from school at short notice. Details of the reason for absence and an approximate estimation of how long the absence is likely to last will be asked. If you are aware in advance that your child is going to be absent, please notify the school. If the school is not informed of an absence the school’s administrator will contact the parents/guardians to enquire as to why a child is not in school.
If your child has had a sickness type of illness, it is important that you allow a period of 48 hours to elapse after the sickness has finished before sending him/her back to school. Such action will help to prevent the infection spreading unnecessarily to others in the school.
The late arrival of children to school causes unnecessary disruption to the classes and creates difficulties with regard to registration, dinner and milk numbers, etc. The school bell rings at 8.55 am and children should be in the playground a few minutes before that time. Please note that children arriving late will be given a ’late mark’ and parents will be informed if the frequency of “late marks” is too high. Children arriving after the bell has gone should report their arrival to the school office. Late arrivals for medical appointments are perfectly understandable but it would help if you could let the school know in advance if possible.