Late/Absence Procedures

Please inform the school office by telephone before 8:50am if your child is unwell and will be absent. If you cannot call, please use the Arbor app. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you to ensure that your child is safe.

If a child has been sick or had a stomach upset, it is a requirement that they remain at home for 48hrs from the last onset.

Can my child go to school if they have Covid or Covid symptoms? 


No, they shouldn’t attend school with Covid or Covid symptoms. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature or who have tested positive for Covid are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days. The time is less than for adults as children tend to be infectious for a shorter time. The recommended three days starts from the day after they did the test or first showed symptoms. 

After three days if they feel well and don’t have a temperature they can return to school. If they are still unwell, they should wait until they feel better and their temperature has returned to normal. 

Most children and young people will recover quickly from Covid and other respiratory illnesses. 

All other absences must be requested in advance by completing an ‘Absence from school due to exceptional circumstances’ form, available HERE. Schools are only able to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. When making a request for a leave of absence we ask parents to consider:

  • The timing of the request, in particular the importance of pupils being present for the beginning of term.
  • Previous attendance during the year.
  • Whether there are any educational visits or special learning events being held during the time of the request.
  • The impact of the request on the child’s social development and overall well-being.

When considering a request, the Headteacher will use their discretion in line with county and government policy but will consider whether there are extraordinary circumstances and the factors listed above.

Please see the office for any further clarification or in the event of exceptional circumstances.

Lateness: Please note that the School day starts at 8.50 (although we ring the bell at 8.45).