Children should attend school for the full school year (190 days). Late arrivals, unexplained or frequent absence mean that your child may miss essential aspects of his or her education. If your child is absent and we have not heard from you by 9.30am, we will call you.
Absences are not authorised by the Headteacher unless they meet specific criteria and these are for exceptional circumstances only.
If you plan to take your child out of school you must complete a ‘leave of absence’ form in advance. This must be agreed by the Headteacher, who can authorise absence to a maximum of ten days in one academic year. (Statutory school age children only - children aged 5 and over.)
We will ask for your permission when your child needs to leave the school premises as part of their classwork. Local walks are covered by one standard form, and permission is sought separately for any school visit involving coach/car travel. No child is allowed to leave the premises without being accompanied by a member of school staff.
If a child becomes ill at school, we call the parents/carers as soon as possible so that the child can be taken home. Please make sure that your emergency contact details are kept up to date.
If your child has diarrhoea or vomiting, we ask that they remain at home until he or she has been clear of this condition for 48 hours, to avoid the spread of illness to others. For other conditions, we follow current medical advice and this is available from our office staff.
If your child is ill and unable to come into school, please ring or email the school and inform the office staff before 9.30am on the first morning of absence, and on subsequent days until your child is able to return to school.
A medical form is given to you when your child starts school. Please keep us informed of any medical requirements (asthma, allergies etc.). If your child requires an inhaler or other medication (e.g. epipen)* at school, please check that it is in date and replaced before the expiry date. The form also requests your permission for medical screening to be carried out by the school nurse.
Let us know in advance if your child is going to be out of school for a medical or dental appointment. For check-ups and pre-planned visits, please try to make appointments during school holidays or after the school day is finished.
Children must not bring any medication to school (including cough and throat lozenges) unless by prior arrangement with the school
* We would not normally administer any medication in school, other than that which is pre-arranged for on-going conditions, such as asthma and diabetes. However, for children who require regular medication as part of a long-term condition, this can be arranged and a full medical care plan drawn up between parents and school.