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What happens if a child does not attend school regularly?

By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must get a suitable full time education. As a parent you are responsible for making sure this happens and if you fail to ensure a child of compulsory school age attends school regularly, legal action may be taken by the Local Authority.

Term time family holidays

In law you must ask for permission for your children to miss school

  • Parents can request a term time absence for a family holiday which may or may not be granted at the Headteacher’s discretion, by completing a holiday request form.

  • Parents who take a child of compulsory school age on holiday without permission from the school may be issued with a penalty notice.

Leave of Absence

To help your child do well in school, you should

  •  Arrange family holidays to coincide with school holidays wherever possible.
  • Avoid times when there are important examinations or tests (check with school).

  • Always ask the school well in advance for permission.

  • Be aware of the potential impact on your child’s education.

What should I do if my child is unable to come to school?

In the event of your child not attending school for any reason, you must contact us on the first day of absence. Please check the Exclusion table for infections in school, for guidance on when a child can return to school following a contagious infection.

 Further information regarding attendance and absence can be found in the school's attendance policy.