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The law states that all children who are aged between 5 and 16 years are entitled to an appropriate, full time education (from the term after their 5th birthday until the last Friday in June of the year in which they become 16 years old).


Parents or carers are responsible for making sure that their children regularly attend the school or provision at which they are registered.  The Local Authority has to make sure that parents/carers fulfil their responsibilities.


There may be times when your child has to miss school because they are ill, in which case you should contact school by 9am on the first day of absence, by either ringing the school office on 01724 844812 or by reporting the absence on ParentMail.  You are expected to inform the school of the reason for your child's absence and give an expected return to school date.


Children may have to attend medical or dental appointments in school time.  But we urge you to try to book routine appointments out of school hours.


If have any questions or queries regarding school attendance, please contact our school's Attendance Officer on 01724 844812.

Leave of Absence


The Head teacher can only grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances.  Leave for the purpose of a family holiday is not considered exceptional.  Applications must be made in advance by a parent or carer with whom the child normally resides.  Retrospective consent will not be granted.


A leave of absence form can be obtained from the school office.  Evidence must be provided at the time of application to support the request.  Parents may be issued with a penalty notice when a leave of absence remains unauthorised.  The timescale for payment of a penalty notice is £60 per parent or carer if paid within 21 days and £120 per parent or carer if paid within 22-28 days.