Reporting an Absence

Minor Ailments 
If your child feels “under the weather” please provide appropriate relief/medication and send them to school whenever possible. We expect your child to attend if they have a minor illness that can be managed in school.

Please refer to the School Absence Leaflet for guidance on illness and minor ailments.

Absence Guide

  • Day 1 of absence – Inform the school before 9:00am of the reason and expected date of return of your child, plus any medical advice given or visits made. Please ensure you provide details of symptoms. You can inform the school by email, in app message or via telephone (attendance option).
  • Day 3 of absence – Update the school on your child’s progress, any medical advice given and confirmation of when your child will return, especially if the condition worsens.
  • Day 5 onward – Update the school on your child’s progress. 
  • Medical evidence will be required for five days of absence or more. This includes absence relating to sickness and diarrhoea - Please click on the link for acceptable medical evidence - Medical Evidence
  • All medical evidence, including medical appointment evidence, needs to be submitted to office email within 7 days of the absence.
  • Sickness or diarrhoea - In line with Public Health guidance, children can return 48 hours after the last episode of sickness or loose bowels.
  • Sickness and diarrhoea - In line with Public Health guidance, children can return 48 hours after the last episode of either ailment.
  • Sickness relates to a bug, not being sick from coughing.

It is a parent/carers responsibility to inform the school of an absence, please note if the above procedure is not followed and contact has not been made, we may undertake a home visit. In addition, a random selection of home visits may take place for families who have contacted the school. The safety of our children is our number one priority.

To report an absence, please either call us on 846171 or leave an answerphone message. Alternatively, you can email the school office:

If a reason for absence is not provided within 7 days, or requested medical evidence has not been provided within 7 days, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
Attendance marks can not be retrospectively amended.