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First Day Absence


Parent/carers are responsible for the safe arrival and collection of their children to and from the school site. School does provide some outdoor supervision for first aid purposes from 8.35am until 8.45am, but official responsibility for pupils does not engage until pupils enter the school buildings through their designated entrances.

Parents are of course reminded of these arrangements (specific entrances and timings) through school newsletters.

For older pupils who may walk to school without adults, if a child has unauthorised absence or is not arriving on time, then school may request a parent make alternate arrangements. Likewise, if school has concerns about pre or post school arrangements (children not walking home safely, or being required to key hold etc inappropriate to their age or maturity) then again home contact may be made to discuss this.

Whilst school is not responsible for pupils who are not on site, it is in the interests of pupil safety and wellbeing that home school communications allow school to be clear about the whereabouts of every child every day and we have a legal responsibility to maintain accurate attendance registers.

It is a parental responsibility to inform school if their child is unable to attend statutory schooling.

However, if contact from home is not received, school will endeavour to make first day of absence contact with families to secure information on the absence and code registers accordingly.

School will contact parents via telephone in the first instance and by messaging service where pupils have been marked absent but no message has been received.

  • If your child is absent please ring 01366 728280 and leave a message or speak to the office directly
  • If you are coming to school anyway with another child, you can always speak to the office in person
  • If we have not received a reply from you by 9.15am your child will be marked as absent unauthorised on our register
  • In this case, you will a telephone call (on your registered mobile number) from school to enquire about the absence.
  • Where no response is received the unauthorised absence mark will remain on the register and we may conduct a home visit. This will be carried out by the headteacher or a safeguarding lead, accompanied by a second member of staff.
  • We would far rather you ring/email us before we have to call
  • Each day the Headteacher is given a list of children who are absent to support monitoring and working with parents to improve attendance

Where unauthorised absences are recorded and such absence accrues, intervention may be required through the Norfolk County Council Attendance Team. This is a statutory legal duty of the school.