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Sickness/Absence from School

Holiday Absence

Holidays taken during term time will only be authorised in extenuating circumstances, following a written application to the Head Teacher (available from the school office or this website).  Absenteeism for holidays (unless authorised) will become part of unauthorised absence.  A Fixed Penalty Notice (from the Local Authority) may be issued if there are 10 sessions of unauthorised absence within a six week period.    

Sickness Absence

When a child is absent due to sickness or other reason, parents/carers are required to inform the school of the reason on the first day of absence (via a telephone call or email to the school office).  When a child returns to school they should bring with them a note confirming the reasons for the absence. This will be kept as a written record.

If no contact is made with school on the first morning of absence, a text message will be sent asking parents/carers to ring school and confirm the reason for absence.  This is an essential, safeguarding measure to ensure the wellbeing of all children registered at this school.  If the school does not receive a response to this communication then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Please ensure a note confirming the reasons for absence is sent into school when the child returns and the register will be amended.

First Aid

All staff have been trained in Emergency First Aid (September 2012).  It is very important that parents/carers note and follow the following points very carefully.
•Elastoplasts - Unless otherwise notified, staff will assume that it is acceptable to place a plaster upon a graze or cut that children may incur.
•Asthma/ Inhalers - Parents/carers are requested to notify the class teacher if their child suffers from asthma. All children who require inhalers to control asthma should have them with them on a daily basis. Inhalers should be handed in to the class teacher, where they will be placed in the First Aid Box in each classroom.  Parents/carers are requested to check that inhalers are valid and in working order on a regular basis. Please do not send inhalers to the school office.
•Allergies/Epi Pen - Parents of children with severe allergies who may require Epi Pen administration are requested to notify staff as soon as possible. Parents should ensure that Epi Pens are in school and are valid, i.e. within date.
•Administration of Medicines - only prescription medicines which are required 4 times per day will be administered in school as long as the relevant consent form (see below), completed by parents, is submitted. A letter of request is not acceptable.  Medicines and completed consent forms must only be handed into the school office (and not to teachers/teaching assistants on the school yard).   Staff are not obliged to administer any form of medication and unless the correct protocol is followed, we will be unable to oblige. Throat sweets/ lozenges, Calpol are not allowed as they do not constitute prescribed medication.

Go to our Useful Forms page to download the Administer Prescribed Medication form


Public Health England (PHE) has updated its 2010 guidance for schools and nurseries on infectious disease control:

The 2014 version explains how long children should be kept away from school when experiencing rashes and skin infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, respiratory illnesses and other illnesses, including notifiable diseases.
The section on infectious illnesses also flags up illnesses that may pose a threat to pregnant female staff and pregnant students, such as chicken pox and German measles.
The guidance also covers good hygiene practices and immunisation schedules.
PHE has also issued new guidance on the Ebola Virus for relevant occupational settings, including one for schools and colleges –

Dowload - Ebola advice and risk assessment for educational, childcare and young persons’ settings guidance

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