Late and Absence Procedures

If your child is absent you must contact us, as soon as possible on the first day of absence, via phone (01522 880094 and select option 2), email or text.

If your child is absent and we have not heard from you, we will telephone or text you on the first day of absence.

Is My Child Too Ill For School?

Authorised Absence

Authorised absence is where the school has either given approval in advance for the child to be absent or where an explanation offered has been accepted as satisfactory. Absence may generally be authorised if a child: 

  • is too ill to go to school; for example, has a temperature, has vomited, has diarrhoea or a contagious illness or rash. For vomiting and diarrhoea, we ask that your child is not in school for 24 hours.
  • has been seen and advised by a medical professional to remain at home;
  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment;
  • is taking part in a religious event;
  • has an exceptional family circumstance, for example the funeral of a very near relative.

Unauthorised Absence

Unauthorised absence is where no explanation has been given for the child’s absence or where the explanation offered is considered by the school to be unacceptable. Absence will NOT be authorised for:

  • birthdays;
  • visiting relatives;
  • shopping;
  • a hair appointment;
  • looking after other members of the family;
  • family holidays (unless granted under ‘exceptional’ circumstances).


Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they may miss work and receiving vital information and news for the day. Late arriving pupils also disrupt lessons, this can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence. 

We operate an Early Bird system, where pupils are able to access the school from 8.40 am, to come in and start work in their classroom. 

The official school day starts at 8.50 am and we expect your child to be in school by that time. Your child will receive a late mark if they arrive in school after 8.50 am. 

In accordance with the regulations, if your child arrives after 9.10 am, they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence for a half day. This may mean that you could face the possibility of legal action if the problem persists.