Why Attendance Matters

When a child’s attendance is good, their experience of school is more positive as they access the full curriculum; friendships remain strong and the familiarity of routines allows them to feel safe and secure. Happy children learn well. Improving attendance continues to be a key focus across school.

Letting Us Know

Of course we understand that children will sometimes need to be absent from school due to illness and other circumstances. In order to authorise your child’s absence, we need to know the reason for them being away from school. To report your child’s absence, please call 01904 555295 between 8 and 9am to let us know the reason they are off. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll send a text, make a phone call or will do a home visit to check everything is ok.

Medical Appointments

We completely appreciate some hospital appointments have to be in school time but must encourage all other appointments to be made either before or after the school day. In order for us to authorise absence for medical appointments, proof in the form of a letter, appointment card or text needs to be seen by the office. Children’s attendance is marked at two points in the day: 9:00am and 1:00pm. It is expected that, if well enough, children are to be in school before and after the appointment. 


Holidays in term time will only ever be authorised in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to take your child out for a family holiday, please make contact with the school office who will arrange an appointment for you to discuss this with us and complete the necessary paperwork. Where holidays are taken and not authorised, parents may be issued with penalty notices in line with CYC policy. In order to minimise the impact holidays in term time have on pupils’ learning, we will send home holiday homework to complete.

For our Attendance Policy click here