Frome Valley Attendance Information
Illness/Medical and Dental appointments
When a child is unable to attend school due to illness or medical/dental appointments, please notify the school office by phone, if possible, before 9.00am.
Late arrival at school
Children arriving late are required by law to be marked absent in the register. This is regarded as an unauthorised absence unless you notify the school to say that your child is late. There is a signing in book for parents to record late arrivals. It is kept outside the office at the front school entrance. You should always use the front school entrance when making any visits to the school to comply with the school security system.
Permission to leave the school premises
If your child needs to attend a clinic appointment during school time, he or she must be collected by an adult. Please inform your child’s teacher beforehand and report to the school office when collecting your child. You will need to complete an entry into the ‘departures’ book outside the office.
Leave of Absence During Term Time
From 1st September 2013, new Government attendance regulations removed reference to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments made it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. We cannot agree a leave of absence for holidays during school time.
You will need to complete a leave of absence form for any request and then meet with the headteacher to discuss the form.
Please download the leave of absence form below:
DASP Attendance Information
It is essential that children and young people form good habits of regular attendance at school from an early age and that good attendance is maintained throughout their school career. The schools in the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership are committed to working together to ensure that there is a
consistent approach to school attendance. As part of DASP, we have introduced a DASP attendance panel to address persistent absences.
Please download the following DASP attendance letters for further information.