Guidance for Parents:

How parents/carers can help:

  • Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time
  • Arrange dental and medical appointments outside the school day when possible
  • Always inform school by 9.00am if your child is absent due to illness
  • Take family holidays outside term time
  • Discuss any problems or difficulties with school - we are here to help and support where we can



If your child is away from school for any reason it will have an impact on their learning. As a parent/carer it is natural to want the best for your child and so you want to take care of them when they are ill.

However, we know that sometimes parents keep their children away from school when it is not strictly necessary to do so.

There is no need to keep your child away from school if they have (as long as they are receiving treatment if required):

  • Cold sores
  • Glandular Fever
  • Head Lice
  • Threadworms
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cold/Cough
  • Ringworm
  • Warts
  • Verrucae
  • Slapped Cheek

We are able to administer medication in school in order to help children be able to attend.

Please keep your child at home and follow the recommended guideline if they have:

Illness Return to School
Sickness and diarrhoea 48 hours from the last bout of vomiting/diarrhoea
Whooping Cough 5 days from the start of antibiotics
Chicken Pox Once the vesicles have crusted over
German Measles 4 days from onset of the rash
Scabies After 1st treatment
Impetigo 48 hours after antibiotics or once the lesions are scabbed over
Scarlet Fever 24 hours after starting antibiotics

If your child is ill and you are unsure whether they could be in school ring and talk it through with the staff.

If your child needs a medical appointment please try and make it out of school hours.

Family Holidays:

You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Any child who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and may fall behind.

In each school year there are 190 statutory school days which gives plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time.

Holidays taken during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and a penalty fine may be issued.

If every child achieved 100% attendance that would be fantastic. However, realistically we understand that genuine illness and exceptional circumstances can sometimes prevent school attendance.

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