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Absences and Late Arrivals


If your child/children is/are ill on a school day, you must inform the school of their absence by 9.00am on the first day that they are ill.


You must contact school on 0113 2558719, stating your child’s name, class and reason for absence.  The school office opens at 8am.


If contact has not been made by 9.00am, school will make contact with the child’s family to request an explanation of their reasons for absence.  


This is an important safeguarding procedure and - where we are unable to establish first day contact – we may visit the home of the absent children to verify their whereabouts and ensure their safety.


If your child is expected to be absent for more than one day, you MUST make contact with school on each day your child is absent, to keep us informed of your child’s illness.


Please let us know about dental/medical appointments which may entail your child missing all or part of a session. If your child needs to attend a medical appointment during school hours please report to the school office to ‘sign in / sign out’ your child as appropriate.


The school attendance policy can be found on the policies page in Key Information.

Late arrivals

If your child arrives late, after registration has taken place which is from 8.45am until 8.50am, then they must come into school via the office.  The school office staff will enter the child's name and reason for being late onto the computer sign in system.


The registers will be closed at 9am (1.30pm in the afternoon).  In accordance with the Regulations, if your child arrives after the register is closed, they will receive a mark that shows them to be on site, but this will not count as a present mark and it will mean they have an unauthorised absence. This may mean that you could face the possibility of a Penalty Notice if the problem persists. If your child has a persistent late record you will be asked to meet with the Headteacher and/or Attendance Officer to resolve the problem, but you can approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.

It is important that any child who is late, informs the office of their arrival as it ensures the registers are accurate. The registers are used in the case of evacuation to check that everyone is safely accounted for.