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Absence from School

In order to safeguard the children in our school, we have a duty of care to follow up on any unknown absences. 

If your child is not going to be in school please call the office on 0117 3534275 or 0117 9030343 to report their absence. Please do this before 9am on the first day of the absence.

If we have not heard from you by 9am then we will start to call all the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for the absence. If we still have not been able to ascertain where your child is then we may make a home visit. In exceptional circumstances if we still haven’t been able to get a response then we may feel it necessary to report it to the police as your child will then be classed a ‘missing child’.

This procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that you are all safe. Similarly, if your child is absent with illness for a prolonged period, we may make a home visit as part of our duty of care to your child.

Holiday Requests

All requests for term time absence should be made in writing and in advance using the form below.  Requests can either be handed in to the school office or emailed to


Term time holidays will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Unauthorised absences of 8 or more sessions could result in you receiving a penalty notice from the council in relation to the absence.  More information can be found on this below.

Penalty Notice Information

If you have any questions about attendance or require any support, please speak to our attendance lead, Ed Gunner.