Attendance at School/Lateness 

It is the responsibility of parents of children of school age to educate their child(ren). Most do this by ensuring that their child(ren) attend(s) school regularly. 

Attendance / Absence

Parents are asked to inform the school by letter or telephone if their child is likely to be absent for some time. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents, the absence will be regarded as unauthorised. 

Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as this both disrupts the child’s education and reduces learning time. Parents should inform the school by letter, before going on holiday, of the dates. Such absence will be authorised only where certain and very specific family circumstances exist. The majority of family holidays taken during term time will be categorised as unauthorised absence. 

Parents may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to make an extended visit to relatives. Only written requests detailing the destination, the duration and the provision that will be made for their continuing education will be granted. Such extended absences will be recorded separately from the normal attendance and absence information.


Any pupil who reports to school late between 9am and 9.30am should report to the Sandy Road entrance where they will be issued with a late slip. Any pupil who is late on three or more occasions, in any given week, will be issued with an after school reflection. 




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