When your child is absent by law, schools must record absences and the reasons given.
Only the Headteacher can officially authorise an absence, but unless there is a concern, the staff will usually do this on his/her behalf. Parents should provide reasons in a letter for absences and the school must decide whether or not they allow the absence according to Government Guidelines.
• Genuine illness of the pupil
• Hospital/dental appointment for the pupil
• Death of a near relative
• Religious observance (faith of the parents /carers)
• A shopping trip
• A birthday treat
• Oversleeping due to a late night
• Looking after other children
• Letting the gas man in, etc
Whenever a child is absent from school the parent should:
- Ring the school on the first day of absence, School number - 0121 772 3055
- Leave message on answer phoneor with office staff
- On return to school a written letter to explain absence
If possible give evidence:Let the school know in advance of any planned absences e.g.hospital appointments;
- Doctor's appointment card/ a stamped letter from the doctor - you can write the letter and ask the receptionist to stamp it
- Hospital letter/ doctor's note
- Prescription or prescribed medicine
- Try to make medical/dental appointments out of school hours.
Any child with attendance below 95% will be required to bring proof of absence after a phone call has been made. This can be an appointment card / a stamped letter from the doctor. You can write the letter and ask the doctor’s receptionist to stamp it. This will not be charged for.