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Late/Absence Procedures


For your child to reach his or her full potential is it essential that they have good attendance at school. If they are not here they miss out on so much, and the greater the absence the harder it is to catch up. Sometimes though, circumstances at home can mean being at school, or being on time for school can be difficult. If this is the situation please contact us and we will do all we can to support you.


First Day Call System

The school operates a first day call system. This means that if school does not receive information from parents regarding your child’s absence, then the school will call parents to clarify the circumstance leading to your child’s absence.


Term Time Leave

‘Parents should apply to the Headteacher for any request for leave in term time by completing a request form available from school'.

(DfE guidance states schools should not authorise leave retrospectively)


The Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time. The Governors and Headteacher of the school support this and have decided that students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances. Each application will be considered and the Headteacher will determine the duration of any leave if it is agreed and authorised. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent or posted to the parents home address.


As a school we are asked to inform you that, in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent, per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.​