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Wordsworth Primary School


Primary School


Notification of Absence


We know that illness is unavoidable and to be expected. However it is very important to inform the school on the first day of absence with the reason either by telephone (023 8077 6397) or in person at the school office.


If you wish to take your child out of school for any period of time, a leave of absence form (available from the office only) should be completed and returned to the attendance officer.

Please be aware that from September 2013 holiday requests can no longer be authorised. We will only be able to authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances.

There may be occasions when a child needs to leave the premises in school time for appointments. It is helpful if the school can be advised in advance and parents are asked to come to the main office to sign their child out. Children are never released from school unaccompanied.

By law, the Governors are required to report on the number of unauthorised absences each year. It is therefore very important t keep the school informed of the reasons for all absences. Attendance is monitored by the Headteacher and the Local Authority, which includes regular visits from the Education Welfare Officer who monitors attendance and punctuality. Very low attendance can lead to fixed penalty notices.

A copy of our attendance policy can be found below: