Illness, Absence & Leave of Absence

Good attendance and punctuality is a core principle of school life. Good attendance not only allows your child to make the best progress they can but also prepares them to grow into responsible, reliable adults.  At Bernards Heath we expect all children to have an attendance rate of at least 95% and at regular intervals during the year we will share your child’s attendance record with you if we feel that they might not be reaching 95%.

If your child becomes ill at school we will do our best to telephone the parents or other agreed contact. It is therefore really important that you always make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.  If we cannot reach parents or other agreed contacts and we have assessed that your child needs medical attention, at least one member of staff will take them to Minor Injuries or similar dependent on our assessment.

Absence due to illness
We expect each child to attend school every day unless they are ill. Please inform us of any absence from school on the morning of the first day of absence – please telephone the office (01727 852106) as soon as possible to leave a message with the staff or on our answer phone. We need to know why your child will not be at school so please remember to tell us what the reason is e.g. temperature/chicken pox. Please also send a written explanation of the absence with your child on their return to school for the attention of the class teacher. If your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, he/she must not return to school for at 48 hours after the last episode.

Leave of Absence from School
One of the best ways to support your child at school is to ensure that you take your family holidays within school holiday time. There are 13 weeks of school holidays a year and we give term dates to parents a year in advance so that plans can be made. If you find yourself in the position of needing to take leave of absence from school, please make an appointment with the Head teacher so that she can understand your request. Requests for holidays during term time will not usually be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances, an example of this might be a family wedding held on a week day.