Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

Absences and Attendance

It is every parent’s duty to ensure their child’s attendance at school.

The school is required by law to provide the Department for Education with figures regarding attendance. All attendance records are monitored by the school, and by the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO).  If your child is sick, please inform the school office by 8.00am on the first day of absence.  On your child’s return, please bring a note to the school office explaining why your child was absent.  Please note that if your child is absent before or after a holiday, you will need to bring in medical proof to support the absence

Please avoid making dental/medical appointments for your child during the school day.  If an appointment is absolutely necessary, please show your appointment card or letter in advance to the school office as evidence of this absence.  Last year, 154 days were lost as a result of medical appointments         .

Any leave of absence has to be applied for – four weeks in advance – using the appropriate form from the school office.  Each case is reviewed individually but please be aware that absence will be authorised in only the most exceptional of circumstances and my decision is final.  Holidays during term time will never be authorised

Unexplained absences will be classed as unauthorized and reported as such. Persistent absence may lead to a visit from the Education Welfare Officer.