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Late/Absence Procedures


The school absence line is available 24/7 on: 01234 302303, selecting option 1. We need to know about both planned absences eg hospital appointments, dental appointments etc which have been booked in advance, and unanticipated absences eg illness or accident. Please ensure that you contact the school absence line on every day of your child’s absence. Please clearly state the pupil’s name, class and the reason for absence which we must have for our records. We may request copies of any medication given and/or doctor’s/hospital appointment letters.


If you are unsure whether to keep your child off school, please refer to the Department for Education guidance on infection control:


If we have not received a reason for an absence, parents/carers will receive a phone call asking for information. Occasionally, for which we apologise, a parent is called when the pupil is in school. This is usually because they have arrived late and have missed normal registration. It is the parents/carers responsibility to report to the office and sign the pupil in the Late Register.

When a pupil returns from a period of absence, school requires a signed letter from a parent/carer confirming the reason. For a planned absence eg hospital appointment, we can of course be given the letter in advance of the absence.

Taken from the General Information Document below:


If a pupil is physically sick or has diarrhoea in school it is advised that they are collected from school as soon as possible, to avoid the spread of infection, and they must remain off school for a period of 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea.

Leave of absence from school letter (Including holidays)

General Information/School Procedures