Clapham and Patching C of E Primary School has attendance targets set by the
government each year. All schools are expected to achieve an average of 95% every
academic year. The government does not take into account any reasons for a child to be
absent form school.

If your child is ill, please let the school know as soon as possible on the first day of

Ways to let us know

  1. A note with a brother or sister
  2. Phone us on 01903 871214 (The office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. Please bear in mind that the line is often busy.)
  3. Email admin on

We will attempt to contact you if your child is not in school and we have not had a reason for absence, it is therefore essential that we have a current number on which to contact you.

Absent for more than one day?

If a child is absent on one day we will assume he or she continues to be absent for the same reason on any subsequent days.

Not collecting your child?

If your child is going home with someone else, please write a note to his or her class teacher or make the school office aware of the arrangement - it saves confusion. If you collect your child, please inform the school if you know you are going to be delayed.

Changes at Home?

If there are any changes in home circumstances, which might affect your child at school, please let us know so that we can keep a careful eye on them. Of course, we will treat any such information sensitively and confidentially.

Medical Conditions?

Please notify us of any medical conditions, permanent or temporary, which may affect your child in school e.g. asthma, allergies.

Leave of Absence Forms

Parents should complete a Leave of Absence Form, which they may obtain from the school office if they intend their child to miss school. It should be completed before the leave of absence and returned to the child’s class teacher or office staff.

The Department for Education states that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.  Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.

You will receive a letter from the Head Teacher notifying you if the absence can be authorised.