Headteacher’s letter regarding attendance and holiday requests – May 2015 click to download (PDF)

For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence or later arrival disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class.

The school gates open at 8.45am and staff are on duty from 8.50am, when pupils will enter the school and go directly to their classrooms.

No child should be left unattended in the playground.

At the end of the school day the gate is open to parents at 3.10pm. The children will finish their classes at 3.15pm and the bell with go for the end of the school day.

For more information on the impact issues with attendance can have, please read the following PDF Attendance Impacts Your Child’s Learning

If you require an Absence Request Form (PDF), please click here to download a copy

Reporting absenceRequesting leave of absenceFactors considered

To ensure the safety and well being of all our pupils we now require you to inform the school office before 10:30am on the first day of your child’s absence. You can do this by using either our answer phone service, email or in person. If the school does not hear from you by 10:30 am, we will contact you by phone.

For your information:

The school office will authorise absence for illness, medical appointments or religious observance by telephone. The Absence Request Form, available at the School Office or to download (PDF) is to be used for all other cases of authorised absence. On the request, parents should clearly specify why they feel the circumstances are ‘special’ or ‘exceptional’.


Requests which promote children’s educational opportunities, and which may be judged ‘special or exceptional’ will be considered. In order to make the process as transparent and fair as possible, all requests relating to the promotion of children’s educational opportunities, or ‘special or exceptional’ circumstances, will be considered by a panel consisting of up to three Governors and the Head Teacher. In order to ensure absolute fairness, the Governors who sit on this panel will not be Parent Governors.

As part of their decision, Governors will be asked to consider:

  • The nature of the request and the benefit to the child
  • The attendance record of the child
  • Whether the child has been through a rigorous selection process for the activity
  • Whether the child is involved with a professional or highly regarded organisation
  • Whether the parent has paid for the service for which the parent is requesting the absence.

(This list is for guidance and is not exhaustive. The panel may find it necessary to take other information into consideration.)

The Head teacher will write to parents in each case, making sure that reasons for any decision are made clear.

Please note that should a child’s absence be marked as unauthorised, teachers will not be asked to provide work for that child in order to catch up.

Once again our thanks for your support with this matter.