Reporting Absence

Schools have to classify each half-day absence from school. This is why information about the reason for absence is always required, preferably in writing.


Authorised Absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a valid reason such as illness, medical /dental appointments which unavoidably fall in school time, emergencies or other unavoidable cause.


Unauthorised Absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable and for which no “leave” has been given. This type of absence can lead to the local authority using sanctions and/or legal proceedings. These include: Absences for which no explanation is given; holidays/day trips in term time; shopping trips; looking after other children; birthdays; truancy before or during the school day.

Problems with attendance are best resolved between the school, the parents and the child. If your child is reluctant to attend or experiencing problems, don’t cover up their absence or give in to pressure to excuse them from school; this gives the impression that attendance doesn’t matter and will only make the situation worse.


If your child is absent you must:

  • Contact us on the first day of absence and each day until your child returns to school.

  • Send in a note on their first day back explaining the reason for the absence.