Your child’s time in school is very valuable.  Being in school every day will help your child learn, develop and achieve.  It gives them the best opportunity to reach their potential. 

Pupils should attend school every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.  Children who miss school regularly can very quickly fall behind and begin to find keeping up with their schoolwork difficult.  It is not only their academic work that suffers – missing out on the social side of school life can affect your child’s interactions in making and keeping friends which is a vital part of growing up.


The school day begins at 9.00 am and finishes at 3.25 pm.  During a normal school week, the time on site spent on teaching, registration, breaks and lunchtimes is 32.5 hours.
Details on the school day are contained in the School Brochure which can be found on the “Key Information” page (click here).


If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason at all, please contact the school office on the first day of your child’s absence by 9:00 am by calling 01522 868354, emailing or personally reporting absence directly to the school office.

It is important that you contact the school as soon as possible and maintain contact throughout your child’s absence.  If no contact is made to school, you will be contacted by telephone.

Authorised Absence

An authorised absence is when your child has been given permission to be absent from school.  Regular reasons for authorised absence are illness, non-routine/ check-up medical and dental appointments, religious observance, exceptional circumstances and exceptional leave. 


We know that illness is unavoidable and is to be expected.  However it is important that the school is kept updated of any on-going illness absence on a daily basis.

If your child is suffering from a vomiting or diarrhoea related illness, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last bout.

Please click on the following link for advice from the NHS:

Is my child too ill for school?



Medical Appointments

To avoid disruption to your child’s attendance, routine medical and dental appointments should not be booked during the school day whenever reasonably possible.  When they are, you must tell the school about the appointment in advance.  Please bring the appointment letter/ card so this may be noted on their pupil record.  Children should be collected as close to the time of the appointment as possible and returned to school for the rest of the school day afterwards.

Unauthorised Absence

An unauthorised absence is when no explanation for absence has been given to the school, or if the reasons provided do not meet the guidelines set out by the Department for Education.

Term time holidays

It is expected that parents take all family holidays during school holiday periods.  The Department for Education guidelines make it very clear that head teachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term time holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

If you plan to take your child out of school during term time, please complete an exceptional circumstances leave of absence request (click here for the form) and return it to the school office.  Any absence without agreement will be classed as unauthorised.   This can lead to the Local Authority issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Arriving Late

Punctuality is also very important.  If your child is late arriving at school they miss the beginning of the school day and can be uncertain of what is happening in the classroom.  Your child may also feel embarrassed at having to enter the classroom late.  Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can disadvantage your child’s education.  

Pupils can come into school from 8:55 am and the school day starts promptly at 9:00 am.  If your child arrives at school after 9:00 am without the school having been previously informed then they will be marked as late.  Pupils arriving late must report to the school office to be signed in.

Should you have any questions or worries regarding attendance and punctuality we want to help so please come and speak to us at the school as soon as possible.

If your child’s attendance is causing concern you will receive attendance letters including a summary of your child’s attendance.  Initially you will be invited to attend an informal meeting at the school to explore ways we can support you to improve your child’s attendance.  If there is not an improvement in your child’s attendance, a more formal meeting will be scheduled.

Please click through below for further useful information:

Eagle School’s Attendance Policy

Eagle School Attendance Leaflet

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