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Absence and Illness

Informing school of illness 

If your child is unable to come to school because they are unwell, please message your child's teacher via Class Dojo and also let the school office know by calling 01491 575 887 or by emailing before the start of the school day (8:45am).  Please include the name of the child, their class and the reason for absence.

Returning to school

If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they are required to stay at home for 48 HOURS from the time they were last sick.  This is so important in helping us to stop vomiting bugs spreading to other pupils and staff. 

Well enough for school?

The government has launched a whole new initiative focused upon improving school attendance. The NHS and the Chief Medical Officer say it is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses, including general cold symptoms like a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. For further guidance on this area, please click on the following link: Is my child too ill for school?

Medical and dental appointments

We respectfully ask that appointments are not during the school day.  In some cases, this is unavoidable.  If your child has a medical appointment that means they have to miss school, please email a copy of the appointment letter (screenshots accepted) to and include details of the approximate timings that your child will be away from school.  It would be really helpful if you could also remind your child's teacher via Dojo on the day.

Missing school for a holiday or family celebration

Holidays or family celebrations are not deemed as good reasons to miss school.  The school office can provide you with a form that needs to be completed to request absence for exceptional circumstances.


All medicines should be administered at home where possible.  If children are required to have three doses a day of prescribed medicine this should be in the morning, immediately after school and before bedtime.  The school will only administer medications to children in the following circumstances:

  • A child has a long term/chronic illness
  • A child is known to have an allergic reaction
  • Short term circumstances dictate necessity (on a case-by-case basis)

If prescribed medication needs to be administered whilst your child is in school please:

  • Clearly label all medicines with the child’s name, dosage and expiry date. Medicine must be in the packaging provided by the pharmacist with their dosage label attached.
  • Provide written consent for the administration of all medication. In some instances, proof from the child’s GP may be required. Medical consent forms available from the office.
  • Consent must be obtained on a yearly basis.
  • It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure all medication kept in the school office is within date.

Medicines will be administered by a member of staff and documented in the medical record log book.  The school will not be held responsible for failure to administer medication.

Running late

The school gates close at 8:50am.  If your child arrives after this time, they need to come into school via the office.