What to do if my child is absent?
You must inform the school of the reason for any absence by telephone/ email on each morning of absence by 9am.
School email address: firstname.lastname@example.org School telephone number: 0116 269 2078
All absences must be explained by a parent or carer on a daily basis. The school will then decide whether or not to authorise the absence. The view of the Department for Education attendance expert is that “some think they’re being a good parent by keeping their child off school, if in doubt send them to school. There is a difference between minor ailments and the sort of illness that warrants a day off.”
Some examples of unauthorised absence are:
- Waiting on a delivery
- Going shopping or for a hair cut
- A family day out
- A child’s birthday
- Sleeping in after a late night
Absence may be authorised due to:
- Unavoidable medical appointments
- Days of religious observance
- Exceptional family circumstances
If a student’s attendance becomes a cause for concern the school may ask parents to provide medical, or other suitable, evidence to substantiate their reasons before the absence can be authorised.