Late Arrival at School

When your child arrives late at school, they miss important events like assembly, teacher instructions and introductions. Children also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.

Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning being lost. This can seriously disadvantage your child and disrupt the learning of others. Please help your child to be punctual.

  • If a child is late 10 minutes each day it equates to 7 lost teaching days across the year
  • 20 minutes late each day equates 70 missed lessons across the year


 Please pop into school if you would like to discuss your child’s attendance


Holidays during term time

When a pupil is withdrawn during term time there is disruption to the learning process and this can sometimes result in the pupil falling behind his/her peers. Permission for family holidays in term time can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The following are not legitimate reasons for taking holiday in term time:

  • Availability of cheap holidays
  • Availability of desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experienced in the school holiday period
  • Overlap with the beginning or end of term
  • Holidays booked before checking with the school
  • Siblings at other schools with different holidays
  • Day trips

Please read the full booklet above regarding your child's school attendance.


In the event that your child is sick, we are advised that they should be kept away from other children for a minimum of 24-48 hours. We have been issued with guidance by the Health rotection Agency; please contact Dr Cuttell in the school office if you would like further advice on when your child should be kept away from school. Alternatively, visit:

New Procedure

From Wednesday 5th September 2012, we would like you to try to contact school regarding unexpected absences (for example, sickness) before 10 AM. If we haven't heard from you by 10:30 AM, we will try to get in touch by telephone.

School Attendance


Click here to read our attendance booklet