Definition of Authorised Absence

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason, such as illness or other unavoidable cause.

Definition of Unauthorised Absence

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave” has been given. This includes:
– Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily
– Truancy before or during the school day
– Absences which have never been properly explained
– Children who arrive at school too late to get a mark
Procedures for Parents and Pupils – Absence/lateness

Absence should be reported by telephone to the school on the first day of absence.

When absence is expected (known in advance) it should be notified in writing in advance to the school for approval e.g. a family funeral or hospital appointment.

Pupils arriving late to school (after 8.35am or 1.10pm) should report directly to Reception to register.

School will not authorise absences for shopping, looking after other children, haircuts etc.


Parents whose children are experiencing attendance difficulties should contact the school at an early stage and work together with the staff in resolving any problems. This is nearly always successful. If difficulties cannot be sorted out in this way, the school or the parent may refer the child to the Education Welfare Worker from the County Council. He/she will also try to resolve the situation with voluntary support.

Alternatively, parents or children may wish to contact the EWW themselves to ask for help or information. They are independent of the school and will give impartial advice. Their telephone number is available from the school office or by contacting the Local Education Authority