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Attendance and Absence Procedures


Children attend school for 190 days per year. During term time, five staff training days (CPD days) are taken along with one day per year designated as an occasional day’s holiday and determined by the school. Term dates can be found here. We strongly discourage parents from taking children out of school for family holidays. Vital teaching time and specific learning support programmes will be interrupted. The Headteacher is not permitted to authorise an absence except in exceptional circumstances (this does not include a family holiday). If you intend to take your child on a family holiday during term time, please complete a leave of absence form and return it at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the absence. Absence forms are available via the link below for the online form. Even if it is unauthorised it is important that we know that a child will be absent from school. We do not set homework for children to complete whilst on term-time holidays.


Absence Due to Medical Reasons

Should your child require a medical procedure that requires them to be absent from school for a number of days, please complete the absence form and attach a copy of the hospital/doctor's letter to this.  Dental and opticians appointments should not be taken during the school day if possible.

If medications are prescribed that will need to be taken during school time, please complete a Temporary Medications form and bring this to the school office with the medication.


Sickness or Unexpected Absence

In the case of sickness or unexpected absence, please telephone the school by 9:00am so that we can let the teacher know. You must ensure that any meals ordered are cancelled by 9:30am to avoid being charged (Reception-Year 2 are not chargeable). You can leave a message on the school’s absence line (01279 307477, option 1). Unexplained absences will be followed up by an email. A child cannot return to school for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Parents are also responsible for informing the school if their child has any infectious diseases. Further information can be found in our Attendance Policy. 


Collection During the School Day

If you need to collect your child during the school day, please notify the school office (and class teacher) of the date/time and reason for collecting early, and who will be collecting. Please come to the school office, and we will request that the child be brought to the school office for you. If it is break time, lunch time or during PE, please bear this in mind, as it will take longer for your child to be ready.


Late Arrival at School

If you know that your child will be late in to school, please telephone the office to inform the school.  Any child arriving after registers close at 8:55am should come directly to the school office and not to the classroom to be registered.


Absence Figures for Summercroft

Total number of registered day pupils of compulsory school age on roll at our school: 443

The % of authorised absence at our school for the school year 2020/21 was 2.5%
The % of unauthorised absence at our school for the school year 2020/21 was 0.5%