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Aiming to Achieve 100% Attendance

The school day starts at...

If your child is absent due to illness, please contact us before...

The school day finishes at...

0115 9652775

There is morning and afternoon registration and we request that all children arrive promptly in time for the school day.

Our session times are...

Morning: 8:50 - 12:00 noon

Afternoon: 1:00 - 3:30pm

Our Attendance Policy...

If your child is too ill to attend school, please telephone the school office (0115 9652775) before 9am on the first day of absence so that we know that your child is safe at home; if the school has not been informed by this time, enquiries will be made to try to establish the reason for the absence.

If you have to make a medical/dental appointment for your child, please make every effort to schedule this for outside the school day. However, if absence from school due to a medical/dental appointment is unavoidable, please notify the school office about the dates/time in advance. Please try to keep the period of time that your child is away from the classroom as short as possible. 

Before September 2013 head teachers were able to grant up to 10 days leave a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”. However, that is no longer the case and permission for absence in term time can only be granted in “exceptional circumstances”.

A normal family holiday will not qualify as “exceptional” and would be recorded as an ‘unauthorised absence’ – this is a joint position that has been adopted by the Colonel Frank Seely Family of Schools.

If you are a parent/carer who is planning to take a child out of school, it is important that you contact us to seek permission (even if that absence can’t subsequently be authorised).

St. Wilfrid’s School encourages all children to aim to achieve 100% attendance rates.  Any period of absence can damage children’s education and make it extremely difficult for them to access continuity of learning within the classroom setting.

Obviously, there will be occasions when children really do have to miss school and teachers will do everything they can to help to minimise the negative impact of pupil absence.

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