Absence from School

Attendance Monitoring

We are proud of the positive relationships we have with our families and know that strong partnerships are the most effective ways to help ensure good attendance. 

  • When a pupil’s attendance becomes a concern families are informed via letter.

  • School will monitor attendance and where necessary will work with parents/carers to tackle persistent absence.

  • Contact is made with parents on the first day of absence for any pupil where absence has not been reported.

  • If contact cannot be made to ascertain why the pupil is not in school, then a Safe and Well home visit will be considered especially if there are already safeguarding concerns.


Leave of absence request during term time

Schools are not able to grant permission for holidays or time off in term time.

If you feel that there is an EXCEPTIONAL reason (i.e. it wouldn't apply to a large proportion of other families) why your child needs time off school then you need to:

  • Ask the school office for a “Request for Absence of Leave Form”, or download a copy from the 'Forms' tab in the 'Office' section of the website.
  • Complete this, giving the reason why the request is exceptional, in as much detail as possible.
  • Hand the request form in to the office at least 2 weeks before you need time off.
  • You will receive a written reply stating whether or not the absence will be authorised.
  • If the time is not authorised and you still take your child out of school, then a fixed penalty of  £120 per child, per parent will be issued by the Local Authority.   

If we believe that you have taken a holiday in term time but have not disclosed this, a fixed penalty may still be served by the Local Authority.