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Late/Absence Procedures

Arriving late for school

It is really important that children arrive at school on time. All children should be in school ready to learn by 9am. Being on time creates positive, lifelong habits which are vitally important for children to develop. 


Pupils should arrive at school from 8.45am. Anyone arriving after 9am will be marked as present but arriving late. The register closes at 9.20am and pupils arriving after the close of register will be recorded as late. This will count as an absence for that school session.


The late arrival procedure: 


  • On arrival after the close of register, pupils must immediately report to the school office 
  • The absence will only be authorised if a satisfactory explanation for the late arrival can be provided, for example, attendance at a medical appointment
  • The absence will be recorded as unauthorised if the pupil has arrived late without justifiable cause, for example, if they woke up late or were waiting for their uniform to dry.

Leave of Absence


Taking holiday from school during term time...

It is important to talk to the Headteacher or class teacher before a decision to take leave is made and complete and submit an application form at least 6 weeks beforehand.


The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 no longer permit Headteachers to authorise leave for holidays. Headteachers may grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If the exceptional circumstances are agreed, the Headteacher will determine the length of the absence authorised. Parents may be breaking the law if their children take leave without permission. In some cases schools may take children who are absent without permission off roll.