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Absence & Holidays

If your child for any reason is not in school, please ensure that you contact the School Office before 9:30 a.m. and leave a message via our automated system or via the school app.


School begins at 8:55am and all pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time. However, school is open from 8:50am when teachers collect their class from the playground.  The main gate is closed at 8:55am. Any child arriving later than 8:55am should enter school via the main entrance reporting to the office staff.

If accompanied, a parent or carer should give a reason for the lateness, which will be added to the register. Lateness will be monitored by the Headteacher and the EWO.

Pupils who are constantly late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action will be taken and a letter will be forwarded to the parents / carers


The school has a zero tolerance policy to parents taking pupils out of school during term time and parents are made aware that school will not authorise absence for any child whose parent books a family holiday during term time.

Governors have agreed that term time holidays are only authorised under very exceptional circumstances. Parents are required to complete a ‘request for absence’ form if they intend to take their child out of school for a holiday. School will then send a reply letter to the parents stating that the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and of the headteacher and Governors decision to refer / not refer to the Education Welfare Officer.

On the child’s return to school the EWO is contacted with details of absence and a penalty notice is issued by the LA to the parents if the absence has exceeded 4 days (not necessarily consecutive).