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What do I do if my child cannot come to school (ie absence or sickness)?

It is important that your child attends school at all times. However, if your child cannot come to school, Parents must follow the procedures below:

 

  • In the event of illness, please telephone the school before 10:00am to explain your child's absence, or email absence@birdwellschool.co.uk
  • In the event of a medical appointment, please write a letter or send an email explaining your child's absence in advance. Medical appointments must be accompanied by the appointment card or letter. 
  • In the event of an exceptional circumstance e.g, funeral or family wedding, please write to the school in advance requesting a leave of absence form.
  • Holiday requests must be obtained at least ten days in advance via the Holiday Request Form. This can be obtained from the school office or you can complete an electronic copy (link below) and email it to absence@birdwellschool.co.uk. The Headteacher will then decide whether it is an authorised or unauthorised absence. You will receive confirmation of this in advance of your holiday. We would remind all parents/carers that holidays during school time are unauthorised absences and can result in a fine. Attendance below 97% can trigger further action.
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