Parents are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly, and on time. They must inform the school promptly of the reason for any absence, by phone, letter or visit on the first morning of the absence. We are obliged to record unauthorised absences, which are then reported to the Educational Welfare Officer. School staff or the Educational Welfare Officer can offer assistance to pupils and parents where there are problems of attendance.

Special leave of absence

Regular attendance is vital to ensure children make good progress and reach their potential. Time off school for family holidays is not a right. It is our policy not to grant leave of absence for a holiday other than in the most exceptional circumstances. If a child has 10 days off school each academic year, they will miss approximately 2 terms of schooling overall.

Details of what ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ could mean and information about penalties can be found here.

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