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Stowford School

Stowford School

Attendance and Absenteeism

Regular and punctual attendance is crucial to each child's educational development. Our aim is for all children to have attendance of at least 96% to enable them to make the most of their learning opportunities.

If your child is ill, we ask you to ring school on the first day of absence before 9.00am, and to send a note in on their return giving an explanation for the absence.  For common illnesses the school follows recommendations from the South West Peninsula Health Protection Unit (known as the ”Spotty Book”).  For cases of diarrhoea and/or vomiting we require children to stay off for 48 hours to avoid spreading infection. (See school medical policy for further information).

We are unable to authorise any other absence from school except under exceptional circumstances, which does not normally include family holidays. If you wish to apply for an absence, please request a form from the office well in advance so that this can be given due consideration. The form is also available to download below.

Where a pupil’s absence is unexplained, we are obliged to investigate this and the absence may be recorded as 'unauthorised’. We are also obliged to monitor and report late attendance at school. We work closely with the ‘Education Welfare Officer’ Mr Ray Oatham to monitor incidences of high absenteeism.

Medicine:  The school can only administer prescribed medicine or antibiotics that is required four times a day with a signed consent form (available below or from the school office).  Any other prescribed medicines must be worked around the school day.  Please note that we cannot administer creams or eye drops.  Medication and inhalers must be in the original bottle with a spoon from the pharmacy and properly labelled with the child's name.