Missing School Means Missing Out!
We encourage all pupils to be at school every day as this is the main way by which they can benefit from all the learning they need to be successful in the future. Please ensure that your child is only absent in extenuating circumstances when they are unfit to be at school.

If your child is absent from school, you must inform the school office with a reason for your child’s absence by 9.30am every day that your child is absent.

Absences for three days or more:
If your child is absent for three days or more, you must provide medical evidence (this must include your child’s name) or this will be unauthorised. Evidence accepted can be: medical appointment card, prescription, medicine (prescribed by the doctor), medical letter from the doctor or text messages sent to you by your doctor can also be shown to the school office.

Absences before or after a school holiday:

If your child is absent immediately before or after a school holiday period, i.e. Easter/Christmas holidays or half terms, we must see evidence for this absence. If your child has been unwell, this can be a medical evidence or flight delays (proof of flight change will be required) and/or circumstances beyond your control. We will not authorise any leave before and after a school holiday without this evidence and you risk being issued with a penalty notice and further actions being taken against you by the Redbridge Education Welfare Team. 

Term time leave:

We as a school and the London Borough of Redbridge have a strict attendance policy. In accordance with Department of Education's guidance, leave of absence during term time will not be accepted except in the most exceptional circumstances. All requests for leave must be made in writing (minimum of two weeks in advance) to the Head of School prior to any absences being taken and booking/arrangements being made. We cannot grant permission after the leave has been taken. 

Medical Appointments:
Please ensure that all appointments are arranged outside of school times. If this is not possible, you must provide medical evidence or this will be unauthorised.

It is important that your child comes to school on time, every day. If your child is persistently late, we can ask the Local Authority to implement a penalty notice to you. A maximum of 7 late attendance during one half term will result in a penalty notice being issued.

Minutes Late for school

Amount of Learning lost per week

Amount of Learning lost per month

Amount of learning lost per half term

Amount of learning lost per term

Amount of learning lost per year

5 minutes late

25 minutes

1 hour and 40 mins

2 hours and 30 mins

1 day

3 days

10 minutes late

50 minutes

3 hours and 20 mins

1 day

2 days

1 week and 1 day

15 minutes late

1 hour and 15mins

1 day

1 and a half days

3 days

1 week and 4 days

20 minutes late

1 hour and 40 minutes

Over 1 day

2 days

4 days

2 week

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