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Late/Absence Procedures

Absence Procedures


The name and contact details of the school staff member pupils and parents should contact about attendance on a day-to-day basis is:


Mrs Clair Rava


We monitor all absence, and the reasons that are given, thoroughly.

If a child is absent from school the parent must follow these procedures:

  • Contact the school on the first day of absence before 9.20 am. The school has an answer phone available to leave a message if nobody is available to take your call, or you may call into school personally and speak to the office staff
  • Contact the school on every further day of absence, again before 9.20 am
  • Ensure that your child returns to school as soon as possible and you provide any medical evidence, if requested, to support the absence


If your child is absent, we will:

  • Telephone or email you on the first, and every subsequent day of absence, if we have not heard from you however it is your responsibility to contact us
  • If we are unable to contact parents by telephone, we will telephone emergency contact numbers, send letters home and a home visit may be made in the interests of safeguarding
  • A referral will be made to Local Authority if no contact has been made with parents by the 10th day of absence (or sooner if deemed appropriate), at which point your child will be “missing from education.”


If absence continues, we will:

  • Write to you if your child’s attendance is below 95%, or where punctuality is a concern
  • Invite you into school to discuss the situation with the headteacher.
  •  Create a personalised action/support plan to address any barriers to attendance
  • Offer signposting support to other agencies or services if appropriate
  • Refer the matter to the Local Authority for relevant sanctions if attendance deteriorates following the above actions

Guidance on when and for how long you should keep your child off school:

Application for a leave of absence during term time