Attendance & Absence Children need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school (Government School Attendance publication 2014). Absence Vernham Dean Gillum’s Church of England Primary School’s attendance policy is in accordance with Government guidelines. A leave of absence during term time will not be granted except in the most exceptional circumstances. Requests for leave must be made in writing to the Headteacher (please see the absence request form below – also available from the School Office). If you wish to make an appointment to talk through a possible absence with her, she will be more than happy to accommodate you; contact the school office on 01264 737241. Please note that permission cannot be granted after the leave has been taken. application_form_to_request_absence Persistent Absence or Lateness If your child is persistently late or absent from school the school is duty bound to inform the Local Authority and implement a penalty notice. When is it ok for my child to stay away from school? Illness If your child is ill please call the school office in the morning to inform us that they will be absent from school; we are sorry but we cannot accept a message via a sibling. For absences of 5 days or more medical evidence will be required. Medical Appointments When possible please try to arrange these out of school hours, at weekends or during school holidays. Naturally, there will be times when this isn’t possible but you must try to give as much advance warning as possible to the school office. Religious Festivals Please ask the school in advance for permission to take time off for religious reasons. the Government advises schools to take advice from local religious leaders as to the appropriate number of days to allow as authorise absence for each festival. Advice for Parents If you would like advice on ensuring attendance, Hampshire County Council have several pages covering different topics. Click here to access the guidance.