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Lateness and Absence


Classrooms are open from 8:45am so that your child has time to take off their coat, put away their bag and change their reading book, and be ready to start lessons at 9am.  If they arrive just after 9am, they will distract the whole class and miss out on valuable learning time whilst they get settled.


If your child is not coming into school for any reason, or will be late, please phone the school office before 9:30am to explain.  We may ask to see medical appointment letters or we may ask you to complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ form.


Holidays during term time


From 1st September 2013 new laws were introduced by the Government that schools have to follow with regard to authorising leave of absence from schools.  Absence can now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.  Please click on the link below to read the letter sent to parents in July 2013 outlining the new regulations and how they affect you. 

Please note that you may be fined in certain circumstances (penalty notice) by the authorities.

Should you decide to apply for leave of absence, the form is also available below.

However PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ THE LETTER DATED JULY 2013 to ensure you  understand whether your application is likely to be approved or not.  If you are in any doubt please speak to someone in the school office or the headteacher.