Children’s progress in school and success as learners are affected if they are absent so we work closely with families to ensure attendance is as high as possible. The Principal and governors set a target of 96% attendance for the school and monitor this closely for every child.

We ask that parents book appointments for the dentist and doctor wherever possible at times outside the school day. If you have no alternative, please bring your appointment card to school.

It is very unlikely that a request for an absence due to holiday in term time would be authorised. Unauthorised absences of 10 or more sessions must be reported to the Education Welfare Officer. They may issue a fine (£60 per child, per parent). Absence from school without request is counted as unauthorised absence.

Please help the school maintain our record by ensuring your child is in school on time and avoiding unnecessary absences.



If your child is ill, please call the school office on 01672 810452 by 9.15am on the morning of their first absence to let us know, and each subsequent day. Alternatively you can report your child’s absence on ParentMail. Once your child returns to school, please let us know in writing (email is fine) the reason for their absence. We are required to keep a record.

Sickness & diarrhoea – If your child has vomited, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. This is in line with NHS recommendations and helps prevent the spread of infections through the school community.

Other childhood illnesses: There is a useful document on the Public Health England website which outlines the number of days a child should be absent for due to illnesses such as Scarlet Fever, Chicken Pox and Impetigo here

Absence requests for a session/particular event – The school’s policy is to follow the Wiltshire guidance regarding holidays in term time. Mrs Garbutt does not authorise requests for absence unless they are for unavoidable appointments, or for educational purposes such as music/ballet exams or arranged activities off site. An absence request form is available from the school office.

Absence requests for holidays – Wiltshire Council’s statement regarding penalty notices for holidays taken in term time states, that if 10 or more school sessions (either continuous or aggregated) are taken for unauthorised holiday within a period of six months then the Education Welfare Service will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a holiday is taken without informing the school, it is automatically reported to the EWS as unauthorised, however many days are taken. If exceptional circumstances appear to warrant a holiday in term time then applications should be made to the Principal on the Holiday Request form) for consideration.

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