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Children are required to attend school full time from the term after they reach the age of five.

It is our legal responsibility to record all reasons for absences. Absences that are not notified or authorised will be marked as unauthorised in the register.

If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness we ask you to please call the school office before 9 a.m. We also request that on the 5th day of absence you obtain a doctor's note explaining the absence.

We take the register twice daily: at 8.55 am and 1.00 pm.

If your child’s attendance falls below 95% we talk to the Education Welfare Officer about this. If it is below 90% then we have a duty to inform the Education Welfare Officer who will then contact you to see if there is any way we can support you and your child to improve attendance.

We can only allow your child to leave the school for dental or doctors’ appointments when a parent or responsible adult collects the child from the school office. This is a precaution we take to protect the safety of your children. It also helps us if you can give us prior notice of medical appointments.

In  September 2013 the Government  changed the regulations about attendance and requests for leave of absence from school. When deciding whether to allow term time leave, for any reason, the school will consider:

  • Whether or not the request falls into the “exceptional circumstances “ category
  • The time and duration of the leave
  • Your child’s record of attendance
  • Learning that will be missed

. The amendments made it clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head Teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

For more information please click on the links below to access the letter to parents notifying them of change and the absence form with its supporting guidance.

File icon: pdf Attendance Regulation Update .pdf [pdf 164KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf New Absence Request Form.pdf [pdf 122KB] Click to download