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Reporting an Absence

Who should I contact if my child is ill?

Please can you ensure you carry out one of the following if your child is absent from school:

  • Please use the EduLink app to report an absence
  • Telephone the school every day to report the absence on 01455 552710 choose option 1 to leave a message on the student absence voicemail) or alternatively email:
  • If a student is absent and no reason has been provided by 10:00am, an EduLink message will be sent requesting a reason for the absence

Non-urgent appointments should, wherever possible, be made out of school hours.

Without a note any absence cannot be authorised and must go down on student records as unauthorised absence. Attendance records form part of the annual report which goes home to parents. If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child’s attendance please do not hesitate to contact the school. We have a network of support in place for parents and students who require it.

Can I take my child on holiday during term time?

Leave of absence in term-time

Taking leave of absence in term-time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help their child by not taking holidays in school time. Headteachers are no longer able to authorise any term-time absence unless there are exceptional circumstances.

All applications for leave must be made in advance and in making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually and you will notified of the decision in writing. Please use the Student Absence Form Student Absence Form.

Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be coded as unauthorised and may result in a Penalty Notice being issued to parents. The school can request a Penalty Notice to be issued from the Pupil Services Court Team at Leicestershire County Council.

A Penalty Notice is £60 per parent per child, to be paid within 21 days. Failure to pay the fine(s) within this timescale would mean the fine rising to £120 to be paid within 28 days of the original fine being issued. If the fine(s) remain unpaid after the full period of 28 days has expired, parents may face legal action under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

What should I do if my son/daughter is late in to school?

If a student is late getting to school they should report to the Main Reception and sign in. All students must have a valid reason for lateness, including a note from home.

Further information is available here.