Attendance and Absence
Parents are under a legal obligation to secure the “efficient education” of their child through regular attendance at school. Children should be encouraged to arrive promptly at school.
A phone call or e-mail explaining any absences must be sent to the class teacher or school office in advance of the absence or on the morning of the absence if your child is unwell.
In the case of absence because of family holidays, a letter or e-mail including details of the holiday should be submitted to the Headteacher. Any such leave of absence may only be recorded as authorised in exceptional domestic circumstances. Such circumstances include:
Where time spent together is important to the well-being and cohesion of the family following serious or terminal illness, bereavement or other traumatic events;
Where a parent’s employment is of such a nature that family holidays cannot be accommodated within school holiday periods (e.g. armed services or emergency services);
The off-island wedding of a member of the immediate family.
This does not include absences for children taking part in competitions, courses or training sessions.
Please be aware that term-time holidays, or consistent lateness, can have a detrimental effect on your child’s performance at school.