Home Page

Attendance and Sickness

Did you know – There are  175 non-school days a year.

There are only 190 school days.

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional or extenuating circumstances relating to the application.

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school. High attendance rates correspond to increased chances of success; every school day counts towards your child’s future. Days off can seriously impact on learning meaning that children miss vital information or learning. It can also impact on their self esteem and well-being.

There is plenty of time in the year where children are not at school. This gives families the opportunities to:

  • Spend time together
  • Go on family visits
  • Go on holiday
  • Go shopping
  • Go on days out
  • Attend routine appointments

Please ensure your child arrives at school before registration at 8.55am.

The playground is supervised from 8.40am.

But what if my child is ill?


Children are ill on occasions and when this is the case, we readily accept that being at home is the best place to be. Children can’t help being ill and as a school we want all our children to be well, healthy and able to learn happily and confidently when they are here. This traffic light system below is a really useful guide to help you to decide when to send your child to school and when to keep them at home. This information is based on guidance from Public Health England and NHS and should be adhered to by parents.


If your child is on prescribed medication, please complete a consent form available from the office so that we can administer at school.


If your child requires non-prescription medication such as: paracetamol, anti-histamine and travel sickness, please complete a consent form available from the office so that we can administer at school. Please note no verbal permission will be granted.





Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses such as chickenpox and measles. If your child has a rash, check with your GP before sending them to school.

Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children who have a sickness bug and/or diarrhoea bug can return to school 48 hours after their last bout.

Raised temperature (of over 37.5) that cannot be kept down after Calpol

COVID 19 Symptoms – if your child has a temperature, new and continuous cough &/or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell then the household must isolate and follow the COVID 19 test & isolation guidance





Headaches. A child with a minor headache does not usually need to be kept off school.

If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep your child at home and consult your GP.







Sore throat

Feeling tired


*We will always contact you if your child becomes ill during the school day.


If your child is too unwell to attend school…


  • Please phone the school on 01342 321572, press 1 or send an email to and leave a message stating your child’s name, class and reason of absence. Please do this before 8.15am on each day of the absence.


  • If we have no contact from you by 9.00am, we will phone to ascertain your child’s whereabouts and reason for absence.