Health and Absence

Absence due to illness

Please be aware if your son/daughter has a tummy upset or is sick, they can return to school 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

If your child is ill and is going to be absent from school then we ask you to let us know as soon as possible on the first day of absence.

Ways of letting us know:
- A telephone call to the school office on 01525 290207
- Send a note in with a sibling if your child has one at school
- Send an email to the school office at

If your child is absent for more than one consecutive day then we will assume it is for the same reason. Please ensure that on your child’s return to school you send a written note to explain the absence for our records.

If your child has a medical appointment and you will need to collect them during the school day or bring them late to school then please sent a written note to keep us informed.

Request for holiday

Permission for absence from school will only be given in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to request any period of absence please speak to Jenny in the school office.

Penalty notices for unauthorised absence

You could be issued with a penalty notice if your child is absent from school without permission. Penalty notices can be issued by:
- local councils
- headteachers (including deputy and assistant heads authorised by them)
- the police

This can include parents who take their children on holiday during term time without getting authorisation from the school. The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days.

Collecting Children from School

If your child is going to be collected by someone other than yourselves then please ensure that you send a written note to school with your child to inform us of this. If it is a last-minute arrangement due to unforeseen circumstances then please telephone the school on 01525 290207 and leave a message with Jenny as well as sending an email to if possible.

If you are collecting your child but have been delayed then please also inform us with a telephone call to let us know and so that your child does not panic. It can be quite distressing for children if their parent does not arrive to collect them and we do not know why.

Please note that children will only be released to people included on their Emergency Contact List. Please ensure that this is kept up to date.

Changes at Home

If there are any changes to circumstances at home which may affect your child then please let us know so that we can keep an eye on them. Of course, any information of this nature will be treated sensitively and in confidence.

Medical Conditions

Please keep the school informed of any medical conditions both permanent and temporary. If your child develops a new condition (for example asthma, allergies, etc.) then you will need to fill in a new medical conditions form. Please ask for a copy from the school office.

If your child will be requiring medication to be taken at school (for example antibiotics following an illness) then a medication form will need to be completed, please ask at the school office.

Any medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor and have your child’s name clearly printed on it. We also ask that medication be brought directly to Jenny in the office by a parent and not sent in your child’s book bag. This is an important safety measure. Administering medication in school is at the discretion of the head teacher and as such, you may be asked to come into school to give the medication to your child if it is not felt appropriate for staff to do so.