Absence Information

Absence Procedure

We aim to have very good attendance for all pupils at St Michael’s. However, if pupils are unwell they should not be in school. We do not have medical facilities or a school nurse on site. Also, when the children are unwell the people they want most, naturally, are their own parents.

To enable us to complete registers accurately and carry out our safeguarding functions, it is vital that you communicate information about absence as soon as possible.


When your child is absent it is important to call the office to inform school between 8.30 and 9.30 a.m. on the first day of absence. Another call on the second day would be appreciated to inform if the absence is likely to be longer term. If your child is away for 3 or more consecutive days please write a brief note or send an email giving the reason for the absence. This can be handed in by your child to the class teacher or emailed to the office on the first day back at school. Absence for longer than a week due to illness may require a Doctor’s note.

Please do remember that your child should not return to school before 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea.


Holidays in term time

These will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Please avoid if at all possible. If you are planning to take children out of school for during term time, for any reason, you must complete the Exceptional Circumstances Request Form and send it to the office for the attention of the headteacher.