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Elworth Hall Primary School

Every child achieves because we care


Absence/Late Procedures

The law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 16 to be in full time education. 
As the parent/carer of a child of compulsory school age, it is your duty under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 to ensure that your child attends school regularly. 


Cheshire East attendance target for all pupils is 96%


Why it is important for your child to attend school regularly and on time...

o 80% attendance means your child has missed 38 days in the year

o 5 minutes late each day means three whole days lost each year 
o Attendance affects wellbeing and a sense of belonging 

o Attendance affects learning 
o Attendance affects future outcomes - did you know children who miss 17 days from each school year, on average will drop a whole GCSE grade?

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is ill and needs to stay off school, you must call Main Reception on 01270 910456 - Option 1 by 9:00am, each day that they will be absent.

If your child has any sickness and/or diarrhoea, you must keep them off school for a minimum of 48-hours from the last occurrence.

If your child tests positive for covid-19, you must keep them off school for a minimum of 5 days from the test date. They must receive a negative Lateral Flow Test on day 5 and day 6 of isolation, before they are able to return to school.

What should I do if my child has a Medical Appointment, during school hours?

If your child has a Medical Appointment during the school day, you will need to provide a copy of their appointment letter to Miss Hassall and also advise what time they will be collected, with as much notice as possible. 

On the day of the appointment, if your child will be attending school in the morning, please drop them off as normal at the beginning of the day. Where possible, please also advise your child's class teacher of what time you will be collecting them, so they can be ready to go when you arrive at school. Please come to Main Reception to collect them, at the necessary time. If your child's appointment is in the morning and they will be attending school after the regular drop-off time, please bring them to Main Reception, to be signed in to school. You should always escort your child down to the office and wait until a member of staff has signed them in, please do not leave your child to walk into the school grounds alone.

I need to take my child out of school, what should I do?

Where possible, term-time holidays should be avoided. However, if you need to take your child out of school during term-time, for any reason other than illness or a Medical Appointment, you must complete an Absence Request Form. The form should be completed with sufficient notice, explaining the exceptional circumstances behind this decision. When dealing with this request, Mrs Clark will follow the school's attendance policy to decide whether or not to approve the application. You will then be advised of the decision in writing.


If Mrs Clark is not able to authorise the application and you still take your child out of school, we will record the absence as unauthorised and you may get a school absence penalty notice (fine).