Absence from school

If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please leave a message on the attendance line 01829 732558 choose option 1. You must state your child's name, tutor, and reason for absence.

If you are unable to call please email  Please ensure this is done before 10am, or you may receive a text stating your child is not in school and this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.


Medical/dental appointments

For Medical appointments please use the same number and email address with the same details, along with where the appointment is for (dentist, GP etc.), clearly stating time of collection, please give as much notice as possible. All students must sign out at the attendance office, before  leaving school site and must be collected by an adult. Unfortunately, we are not able to let children leave school site, unaccompanied.


COVID and Student Attendance - Current Government Guidance

Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result

It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.

Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.


Leave of Absence from School Request

Amendments to the Education (Student Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, in force from 1st September 2013, make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In exceptional circumstances, when leave of absence is granted, the Headteacher will determine the number of school days a child or young person can be away from school.

Parents should not plan for their child to be absent from school without gaining prior agreement. Requests for a planned leave of absence under exceptional circumstances should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of the start date of the requested absence, by completing the Leave of Absence Request Form in the document below and return it to the Attendance Officer. The Headteacher cannot retrospectively authorise a planned absence.

Documents linked below:

Absence From School Exceptional Circumstances PDF

Attendance Policy PDF