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Late/absence procedures



Regular attendance is crucial to the education of children.

When your child is unable to attend school, we do need to hear from you on that day.  Please telephone the school first thing in the morning to let us know and to inform us of the reason for the absence. An automated text message is sent if the office has not been informed of the absence.

We are legally required to identify reasons for absence and classify them as authorised or unauthorised.  These figures have to be published annually.


Authorised absences include:

  • Illness

  • Medical/dental treatment

  • Exclusion


Unauthorised absences are any absences for which the reason is not known or permission has not been given, and includes:

  • Holidays during term time, unless there are very exceptional circumstances

  • Care for siblings

  • Sick relatives

  • Visits to relatives, long weekends away

  • Shopping etc

  • Visits to Bridgwater Fair

  • Inability to get to school for reasons of transport


We are obliged to monitor attendance in school.  If a child’s attendance rate drops below 95%, parents are informed and we may liaise with the Education Attendance Officer as necessary.



In accordance with new government guidelines, authorisation for absence from school for family holidays will only be given by the Headteacher in very exceptional circumstances.