Late/Absence Procedures

Unexplained Absences


This procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that you are all safe. Please let us know in good time why your child is absent from school.


There have been public cases in the past where schools have not chased up the reasons as to why children are off of school. It has then transpired that there have been tragic circumstances around these absences, e.g. illness of a parent and a child unable to seek help.

We will do everything we can to prevent such situations occurring as I am sure you would agree that your child’s safety is paramount to us all.


If your child is not going to be in school please call the office on 01299 851256 or email the school
on to report their absence. Please do this before 9am on the first day of the absence. If your child has sickness and diarrhoea and you are abiding by the 48 hour rule we will be aware.


If we have not heard from you by 9.30am then we will start to call all the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for the absence. If we still have not been able to ascertain where your child is then we will make a home visit. However if still haven’t been able to get a response then we will report it to the police as your child will then be classed a ‘missing child’.


To ensure we do not activate this procedure unnecessarily please ensure all your contact details are up to date.