It is essential that students arrive at the school in plenty of time to organise themselves for the start of their day. Students are welcome to come into the school from 8am. 

Absence is monitored very carefully at the school. Every day missed is a learning opportunity wasted. We do understand, however, that there will be some instances when a student cannot attend school - such as those outlined below. When these occur, we ask that students and parents adhere to the appropriate procedures.

Sickness absence

When a student is absent from school with no advance notice, for example because of illness, parents must telephone the school that same morning and each subsequent morning, to inform us of the reason for absence before 8.50am.

It is possible to leave messages on the student absence voicemail at any time prior to 8.30am.

In event of sickness and diarrhoea, our policy is 24 hours absence after the last occurrence of such symptoms. It is important that you keep your child away from school for this period to stop them passing on infections.

To report an absence, please dial the main school telephone number and select the appropriate option.

Call 0118 988 3616 or email


Please note that only emergency appointments for dentists, opticians, and doctors should be during school hours.

Routine appointments must be made out of school hours. When it is known in advance that an absence is to be requested for such emergency appointments, parents must write a letter to the Headteacher at least two days in advance.

Leave of absence requests

The Government states that a student may be taken out of the school during term time for exceptional circumstances only and never for more than five days.

If exceptional circumstances occur, parents must complete a Request for Leave form, available from Reception. This form must be submitted to the Headteacher one month in advance of the first date the student is expected to be absent from school. Permission will be granted only in exceptional circumstances and never for holidays.

Religious leave of absence

Students are entitled to a leave of absence of up to three days to observe important religious festivals.

Parents can request a religious leave of absence for their child/ren by completing the return slip on a Religious Leave of Absence letter, available from Reception.