Absence

Parents and carers are requested not to take their children out of school during term time, as missing school means missing out on vital lessons and key areas of learning. With approximately 175 non-school days available across a calendar year, we strongly encourage families to use this time for non-urgent medical and any other appointments to support your child’s good attendance. 

Holidays can no longer be authorised in term time. Permission for absence can only be given in highly exceptional circumstances and parents and carers must apply in writing directly to the Headteacher noting that retrospective approval is not possible. Please also note that no absence will be authorised during practice or public examination periods. The school is responsible for issuing Penalty Warnings for any unauthorised absences. 

We do understand that on rare occasions, absence will be unavoidable.

If your child is ill it is your parental responsibility to contact the school before 9am on EACH and EVERY day of your child's absence to confirm why they will not be in school.  

If your child cannot attend school due to an emergency appointment (dental, GP or hospital) that cannot be arranged out of school hours, please contact our Attendance Manager, Mrs A Whyte, via the main School Office.  In order for these appointments to be authorised, we politely request that a surgery appointment card or letter be provided either prior to the appointment or upon return to school.

In the case of prolonged absence, please contact the Attendance Manager.

Telephone

Attendence: (for parents to report their child's absence): 01865 749933 Ext: 2

Email

Main Office (general enquiries):  stgregory@dbmac.org.uk

If a student is absent for four or more consecutive days with no contact from home and no response to communications from the school, this may result in your child being reported as missing.

If attendance drops below 90%, the school contacts parents/carers to check there are no wider issues behind the absence and to offer support to ensure students can return to school as soon as possible and it is important to note that the LEA may become involved at this stage.

If there has been a family bereavement or an incident that may affect your child’s attendance, behaviour or concentration, please contact the school so we can alert your child’s teachers and the pastoral team to ensure they offer the right support. Please be assured the details can remain confidential.