It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell.
There are government guidelines here for parents about managing specific infectious diseases at GOV.UK. These say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't. In particular, if your child has had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea, they must remain at home for 48 hours after the last episode.
If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone school on the first day. Please let us know that your child won't be in and the reason before 9am so that we do not need to ring parents/carers.
If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let their teacher know.
It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain the permission of the Headteacher before removing their child from school in order to take a holiday during term time. Parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for holidays during term time.
Parents wishing to apply for their child to be granted leave from school should complete this form and return it to school for consideration before booking and well in advance of the proposed leave. Upon receipt of a request the Headteacher will make a decision as to whether to authorise the absence, being mindful of government regulations and LA guidance. The legislation only allows the Headteacher to authorise such leave in special or exceptional circumstances. By definition, special or exceptional trips should not occur regularly. Therefore, it is not expected that holiday leave will be requested on an annual basis.
For leave of more than 10 school days in duration, or when school have concerns about the leave request, the Headteacher or their representative will arrange to meet with you to discuss your application.