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Godolphin Infant School

Godolphin

Infant School

Attendance 

Parents have a legal obligation to ensure that their child receives their entitlement to their education. This is done by parents ensuring their child comes to school every day.

We understand that if your child is unwell they will not be able to attend school. If your child is absent as a result of illness, you should phone us on 01753 521888 on the first day of absence, to let us know the reason.
(The office may be unmanned, but please leave a message on the answer-phone.)

When your child is well enough to return to school you must also provide a letter explaining the reason for their absence. This information will be recorded in the class register and the letter will then kept in the school office. The registers are legal documents, which are regularly scrutinised by a member of the Local Authority’s Attendance Service.

Absences due to illness, religious observance and medical appointments, for which we receive an explanation, are given an authorisation in the registers. Absences for which we receive no written explanation remain as unauthorised absences in the registers. High levels of unauthorised absence, regular days off or periods of absence will be investigated by the Attendance Officer. Parents may be requested to come to an Attendance Panel, to explain seriously high levels of absence. They may be at risk of prosecution for failing to bring their child to school regularly which may result in being fined by the Authority.


Due to unacceptably high levels of pupil absence in recent school years, Governors of Godolphin Infant School have instructed that no holiday absence is authorised. School is closed for sufficient weeks each year for families to make arrangements to take holidays that do not impact upon their children’s education. Some requests for absence for exceptional reasons may be authorised, but all parents making the request will be interviewed by a senior teacher, the Deputy Head or the Head Teacher.