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Late/Absence Procedures

Our Attendance Policy states the following regarding absence or lateness:


  • Inform school of a reason for any late arrival and late pick up
  • Understand that if their child has not been collected, and it has not been possible to contact a parent or named carer, 1 hour after the agreed finish time for the school day/activity, a phone call will be made to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and the Emergency Procedures for non-collection will be followed. (see school website)
  • Inform the school by 9am on the first day of any reason for their child’s absence, and each day after to update.
  • Parents will receive a text message to the primary contact if no reason for absence is given by 9am.
  • If school have no response to a text message, school will contact other emergency contacts to establish a reason for absence.
  • Parents will receive a home visit if no contact has been made by the parent / carer informing school of a child’s reason for absence and school have been unable to communicate with any of the emergency contacts listed. (See guidelines in appendices)
  • Always try to arrange for medical appointments or treatments outside of the school day
  • Request permission in advance from the Head Teacher if a child needs to have appointments within the school day (via the school office) and if possible provide evidence of these appointments.
  • Request permission from the Head Teacher for leave for exceptional circumstances during term time by completing the Leave of Absence Request Form
  • Encourage children to discuss with staff any difficulties they may be experiencing which is affecting their attendance
  • Not request holiday in term time – it is not permitted