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Attendance and Holidays

Please ensure that children arrive promptly each day.

If a child arrives after 9.05am parents/carers are asked
to enter through the front entrance and sign
in to the late book.

If your child is absent from school please inform us as soon as possible. If school has not been contacted by 9.30am, a member of staff will contact you to ascertain the reasons for your child's absence.


  • Sickness & Diarrhoea
    Children should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of illness

  • Medicines
    School is unable to administer medicines to children (unless part of a formal care plan), however arrangements can be made via the school office for you to come into school to administer the prescription.

  • Attendance
    The Headteacher formally monitors all attendances on a half termly basis. Parents will be contacted if attendance levels give cause for concern. In certain circumstances the County Attendance Officer will be made aware of these concerns and a home visit may be arranged to discuss and give support to the family on attendance
    issues. We do however, look at attendances weekly and the attendances for each class are published on Thursdays in the St. Helen's Herald. 
    A copy of our Attendance Policy can be downloaded here.

  • Holidays in Term Time
    We encourage parents to avoid taking children on holiday during term time other than exceptional circumstances.



    In law you must ask for permission for your children to miss school. Leave in term time will only be agreed where the Headteacher feels there are exceptional circumstances.  Also, leave will not be agreed when attendance already includes unauthorised absence &/or attendance is already causing concern.

    You can request “leave in term time” for your child using a request form available at the School Office.

    Parents who take a child of compulsory school age on holiday without permission from the school may be issued with a penalty notice.


    Arrange family holidays to coincide with school holidays

    Never take your child out of school when there are important examinations or tests

    Be aware of the potential impact on your child’s education

    Avoid taking your child out of school when they are just starting. This is very important as your child needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.



Attendance Matters!

Please click here for lost hours information

Penalty Notices for non-school attendance

Please click here for Penalty notice information and FAQs re: non-school attendance

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