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Please contact the school’s absence line on the first and third day of your child’s absence before 10:00 am.  Failure to do so will result in a telephone call or letter from our Parent Support Advisor.


If your child is absent for more than five days please contact the school and speak to either the Headteacher or Parent Support Advisor.


Authorised Absence: an absence agreed by the Headteacher with an explanation from parent/carer.

Unauthorised Absence: not agreed and unexplained

Medical: will be authorised although we may request doctors’ notes/medical evidence.


Registration and Lateness


Registration is at 8:50am prompt attendance is vital.


Arrivals after 9:00am will be recorded as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.


Persistent lateness will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer.


School Telephone Number: 01934 511133


Parent Support Advisor: Mrs A Gale


Pupil Absences Request For Exceptional Circumstances


Amendments to the 2006 regulations (2013) make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents do not have the automatic right to withdraw pupils from school and, in law, have to apply for permission in advance.  You are required to complete an Exceptional Circumstances obtainable from the school office.


Unauthorised Absences


Accumulated unauthorised absences of 10 sessions may result in a Fixed Penalty Fine issued directly from North Somerset Council.


Unauthorised Absence: not agreed and unexplained


N.B. 2 sessions = 1 day


Accumulated Absences


Accumulated absences will be referred to our Education Welfare Officer. 


North Somerset Education Welfare Services are increasingly taking legal action against parents of children with unauthorised absences.


Percentage of Attendance


We send out letters showing percentage of attendance 3 times a year.  If your child’s attendance falls below 90% at letter will automatically be issued for your information.


Please note a two week absence will automatically mean your child’s attendance is less than 90%.




At the end of each academic year Certificates and Rewards are issued to children with an excellent record of attendance.

In addition Gold & Silver Certificates are awarded based on excellent attendance at the end of Term 2, Term 4 and Term 6.