Attendance, Absence and Holiday Reporting

Reporting your childs absence due to illness

The school works with the Education Welfare Service and follows their guidance for dealing with lateness and absence. School must be informed of absence on the first day by telephone, we have a voicemail service where you can leave a message before 9am. Any absence not explained is registered as unauthorised. 

Please use the following number to report an absence:

0151 329 3164 opt 1

Please leave a voicemail and ensure you provide details of the reason for your childs absence. Please note that if your child is absent due to sickness or diarrhoea, they will be unable to return to school for 48hrs after their last episode. This is the government advice to reduce the risk of the illness spreading. For guidelines on this or any other recommended exclusion period, please see the guidance sheet attached.


Covid Guidance

Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.

Children and young people who are feeling unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home until they feel better. If your child does, however, test positive for Covid, then your child should stay at home for 3 days after the day of their positive Covid test, avoiding contact with other people, where they can. Your child can return to school and resume normal activities after the completion of the third day of absence and if they no longer have a high temperature and they feel well enough to attend.

All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

The previous advice for remaining off school for 48 hours for children presenting with sickness or diarrhea from the last bout still applies.


Holiday or any other absence reporting

The government discourages holidays taken during term time and we would ask that parents avoid booking family holidays during term time. If this is absolutely unavoidable, you should apply in writing on a ‘Leave of Absence’ request form available from school at least four weeks in advance of the period for which leave is to be requested. At this time parents should advise of any extenuating circumstances they feel apply to their application. Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances (the only exception that the LA recognise is Service Leave).  We would also ask that non-urgent medical/dental appointments are made outside of school hours whereever possible.

Following an application for Leave of Absence, parents will be advised in writing whether leave has been authorised or not and whether the Local Authority will be notified and a Fixed Penalty Notice applied.

Please find attached a Leave of Absence form.


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