It is really important that children attend school regularly; even just a few days missed will have an impact on your child's learning.

However, if your child is ill then they should stay at home. If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea you should keep them off school for 48 hours after the last bout.

If your child is not able to attend school, it is really important that you telephone the school's Absence Line before 9am on 020 8393 2417 Option 1. You can leave a message on the Absence answerphone 24 hours a day, even if the school is closed. Please give the following details:

  • child's name
  • class
  • why they are absent from school (including details of any illness)
  • whether they have a school dinner or packed lunch

Should your child have medical or other appointments, we require evidence in the way of a letter or appointment card in order for us to authorise the absence.

Should your child have excessive illness, we will also require documentation from your GP/Specialist in order to authorise their absence.

Attendance Guide

Holiday Requests During Term Time

Holiday requests during term time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 specify that:

"...a leave of absence shall not be granted unless an application has been made in advance to the Headteacher by a parent (with whom the pupil normally resides); and

the Headteacher considers that the leave of absence should be granted due to the exceptional circumstances relating to that application."

Request for Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances Form

Year 6 - Secondary School Visits and Entrance Exams

If you would like your child to attend a secondary school open day or sit an entrance exam during the school day, please complete the online form below which will inform our Attendance Officer. Please check the secondary schools' websites for full details of their events.

Secondary School Open Days

Entrance Exams

You can view our full Attendance Policy here

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