Attendance, Absence and Holiday Reporting

Reporting your childs absence due to illness

The school works with the Education Welfare Service and follows their guidance for dealing with lateness and absence. School must be informed of absence on the first day by telephone and a letter explaining the absence should follow on your child’s return to school. Any absence not explained is registered as unauthorised. 

Please use the following numbers:

Nursery or Infant child: 0151 338 2260 opt 1

Junior child: 0151 338 2260 opt 2

Please leave a voicemail and ensure you provide details of the reason for your childs absence. Please note that if your child is absent due to sickness or diarrhoea, they will be unable to return to school for 48hrs after their last episode. This is the government advice to reduce the risk of the illness spreading. For guidelines on this or any other recommended exclusion period, please see the guidance sheet attached.


Holiday or any other absence reporting

The government discourages holidays taken during term time and we would ask that parents avoid booking family holidays during term time. If this is absolutely unavoidable, you should apply in writing on a ‘Leave of Absence’ request form available from school at least four weeks in advance of the period for which leave is to be requested. At this time parents should advise of any extenuating circumstances they feel apply to their application. Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances (the only exception that the LA recognise is Service Leave).  We would also ask that non-urgent medical/dental appointments are made outside of school hours.

Following an application for Leave of Absence, parents will be advised in writing whether leave has been authorised or not and whether the Local Authority will be notified and a Fixed Penalty Notice applied.

Please find attached a Leave of Absence form.


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