West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust


It is really important that the 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 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 office before 9am on 020 8393 2417 Option 1. Please leave a message with:

  • 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.

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

Penalty Notices to Address Poor Attendance at School

A Penalty Notice may be issued as an alternative to the prosecution of a parent/carer for their child’s unauthorised absence from school and will be used by Surrey County Council in the following circumstances :- 

Please click here to view the School's Attendance Policy 2018

Please click here to view SCC's PN Code of Conduct updated information as of April 2016.


Penalty Notice relating to Exclusions

If a child is excluded from school, Section 103 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 places a duty on parents/carers to ensure that their child is not in a public place without justifiable cause during school hours.  This duty applies to the first five days of each exclusion.  Failure to do so will render the parent/carer liable to a Penalty Notice. (Alternative education provision will be made available from the sixth day of any exclusion.)


Amount Payable for a Penalty Notice

The amount payable for a Penalty Notice issued in any of the above circumstances is £60 each child, each parent/carer if paid within 21 days of receipt of the Notice, rising to £120 each child, each parent/carer if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the Penalty Notice is not paid, the recipient will be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court for the offence for which the Notice was originally issued.

Please be aware that each parent is liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child who incurs unauthorised absences, for example, if there are two parents and one child, each parent will receive one Penalty Notice.

If there are two parents, and two children incur unauthorised absences, each parent will receive two Penalty Notices, which in this case would amount to £120 each if paid within 28 days.

Advice and support is available from an Education Welfare Officer by contacting your local Education Office as follows :-

 North East        -     Tel: 01372 833588   

Please click on this link to view: WEPS ATTENDANCE POLICY