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Palace Wood

Primary School

From little acorns, mighty oaks grow



Attendance guidance

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct


Confused as to whether you should send your child to school? 

If the answer is yes, then please look at the attachments.  It provides guidance for a range of  illnesses.

Please remember that you MUST notify the school of EVERY absence in writing using the Studybugs app/website ( or by telephoning the school office and choosing option 2.  For long term sickness, a doctor's note may be asked for.  The more the school knows, the more we can do to work with you to improve attendance. 

Have a look at the image below.  A snapshot of what to do.

The following flow charts may help in your decision making process regarding absence.  We always advise to call and speak to us if you are unsure.


If you still require further information, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher, the school office, Mrs Bryer(FLO), Mrs Childs (Attendance Officer) or another member of staff.


We also encourage children to be ready for school at 8.40am. Teachers have worked hard to ensure that learning begins at this time, so please make every effort to be here then.


Due to local authority guidelines, we are unable to authorised any holidays during term time.  We would ask that you are honest about the need to remove your child and ask that you either email the absence address or if you are seeking approval in exceptional circumstances, you can email Mrs Cairns using