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We encourage children to come to school through attendance awards. We give certificates to children with 100% attendance at the end of the school year and weekly attendance of the week certificates to the class with the best attendance.


Should your children not be able to attend school when they are ill, you need to ring the office on the first day of their absence. If you do not, we have to phone you so that we can be sure you’re your child is safe. This takes us a lot of time, therefore we really appreciate it when parents ring us to let us know why their child is away. Our office is open to take phone calls from 8am on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8.30am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


When your child returns to school we need you to send them with a signed note letting us know why they were away, even if you have already phoned us.


If you need to collect your child during the day for an appointment, for example a medical appointment or a music exam, please send your child to school with a note that morning for the class teacher. Please remember when collecting your child it may take us up to 5 minutes to collect them from their class.


Leave of absence for pupils in exceptional circumstances


  • In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Extra information is available from the Department for Education. CLICK HERE.
  • Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. This form can be downloaded from our website, CLICK HERE.
  • You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.


Please note that all of our information regarding requests for leave of absence was updated for September 2017 when we updated our Attendance and Exceptional Leave of Absence policy in line with national and local authority advice following the Supreme Court ruling in relation to Platt V Isle of Wight case on 6.4.17. Our Attendance and Exceptional Leave of Absence policy is reviewed every September by the leadership team and governing body in line with any national or local advise and legislation.