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Full attendance is essential for all of our children to get the best from school, to build secure friendships and to prepare them for life long learning and success.

Children who do not regularly attend school do not achieve their full potential.  Not only do they miss lessons on the day but make it very difficult to catch up as learning is build in sequences.  It also means that they can struggle to maintain strong friendships with other pupils, struggle to build trusting relationships with adults in school and miss opportunities to build memories and cultural capital that are needed for them to be successful.  Poor attendance often leads to low self-esteem and a  lack of confidence and this slows down learning even more and can affect their mental health.

It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure pupils attend school every day.

Our lessons start at 8:15 am prompt and the end of the school day is 2:45pm  (This is 6 1/2 hours each day – 32 1/2 hours per week)

If your child is absent from school for any reason please notify school before 8:50am, as we are responsible for the safety of all pupils.  Where school is not sure of where a child is, we may conduct a home visit.  In some cases, we will refer to Missing in Education.

You can phone the school on 01909 473917 and select 1 to leave a message on the absence line or email

Mrs Hamilton-Butters is our Attendance Officer.  She will support you where needed to increase attendance  and will contact you if your child’s attendance becomes a concern.

Local councils and schools can use various legal powers if your child is missing school.

You have to get permission from the Headteacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.

You can only do this if:

  • you make an application to the Headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • there are exceptional circumstances

It is the policy of the local authority that only strict exceptional circumstances will be considered.  Term-time holidays will not be authorised.  You may be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission.

Please click to select and view the important documents below:

Attendance Policy

Absence Request Form

Term Time Absence 23

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