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Late/Absence Procedures

Statement of Intent
(i) The Trust aims to work together with parents to ensure
that all children registered at a DLPT school attend both
regularly and punctually. We expect attendance at
school to be 100% unless there are exceptional or
unavoidable reasons for absence.

Parent* Responsibilities
(i) Parents have a legal duty to ensure that children of
compulsory school age attend on a regular and fulltime basis (compulsory school age starts the term after
the child turns 5)
(ii) Parents should ensure that if their child is absent from
school for any unavoidable reason such as illness, they
should contact the school as soon as possible,
preferably by telephone before 9.15am on every
morning of absence, they may also inform school either
by letter or in person.
(iii) Parents should arrange routine medical appointments
outside school hours. If this is unavoidable children
should come to school/return to school before/after
their appointment so as to miss as little learning as
(iv) Parents cannot authorise their child’s absence – only
the school can do this on the basis of the explanation
provided by the parents. Should parents fail to provide
a satisfactory reason for their child’s absence the
school will record such absence as unauthorised. It may
become necessary on occasions, for the school to
request medical evidence for regular absences due to

(v) Parents should ensure that their child arrives in time for

the start of registration.  If a child arrives late then they should

report to the office.

(vi)  Parents should avoid booking family holidays during

school term time. If this is unavoidable they should write
to the Head teacher. All holidays during term time will
be recorded as unauthorised. (leave will only be
granted in extremely exceptional circumstances see
appendix 1). If parents are not happy with the decision
concerning holiday leave, they should make
representations to the Governing Body of the school


Unauthorised Term time leave (holidays) – any parent who

takes a child out of school for term time leave for 3
consecutive days or more may receive a penalty notice.

Further details on school attendance can be found here -

Attendance Policy

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