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Absence & illness


Please click on the link if your child requires medication to be administered during the school day Request for the school to administer medication

If your child is unwell and will not be attending school you must let us know the reason for the absence before 9.00 am by calling the absence line 01606 668380. You should call the absence line before 9am each day until your child returns to school to give an update.

When you leave your message please do not just say that your child is "poorly" or "not well". You should provide the following information:

  • What symptoms your child has

  • When your child started to feel unwell

  • If you will be making/have already made a doctor’s appointment

  • Is your child able to attend school with calpol/painkillers/anti biotics etc?

  • When do you expect them to return? Ensure this is realistic and in line with the NHS advice

  • Do you need support with anything else?

If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be kept off school for at least 48 hours after the last attack of vomiting and / or diarrhoea. If parents adhere to this rule, hopefully these nasty bugs will not spread from one child to another easily.

For more information on specific illnesses please refer to the NHS website


Absence  ( Not illness) 

Please use this online form to make an absence request

The Department for Education (DfE) implemented important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time. As of the 1st September 2013, the new law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any applications for leave of absence must be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.

Our school policy defines an “authorised absence” as:

  • An absence for sickness for which the school has granted leave.

  • Medical or dental appointments which unavoidably fall during school time, for which the school has granted leave.

  • Religious or cultural observances for which the school has granted leave.

  • An absence due to a family emergency.

Our school policy defines an “unauthorised absence” as:

  • Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily or without reason.

  • Truancy before or during the school day.

  • Absences which have never been properly explained.

  • Arrival at school after the register has closed.

  • Shopping, looking after other children or birthdays.

  • Day trips and holidays in term-time which have not been agreed.

  • Leaving school for no reason during the day.

Fixed Penalty Notices For for Unauthorised Holidays-  information from the Fixed Penalty Office at Cheshire West & Chester Council.

Parents may be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the Local Authority may issue FPN's for any unauthorised absence of 5 consecutive school days (10 sessions) or more during term time. 

Should an unauthorised absence take place the school will inform the Local Authority and a Fixed Penalty notice will then be issued in accordance with section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

The law stipulates that the current penalties payable by parents/carers are £60 per child when the penalty is paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 when the penalty is paid within the next 7 days (giving a total of 28 days to pay). This penalty is per parent/ carer per child during the duration of the absence.

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