Absences and Attendance


  • If your child is going to be absent please let us know as soon as possible.
  • If you know in advance please let us know in writing stating the reasons, dates and details of the absence.
  • If your child is sick please telephone school on the first day of the absence, as early as possible and send a letter into school with your child on the first day back.
  • Attendances are monitored regularly by the LEA and new regulations mean that we have to follow up any absences until we receive a response.
  • If your child is late for school he/she must report to the office before going to the classroom.



The school has been contacted recently by the Wigan Council’s Attendance Enforcement Team. They have been questioning the number of ‘persistent absences’ we have from school and the actions we should be taking to challenge the trend.

For their part, and in simple terms, a persistent absentee is a child who has 10 or more unauthorised sessions in a half term. One session is half a day, therefore 5 days ‘holiday’ would fall into that category.

That marker, once met, would then trigger a warning letter stating that any subsequent unauthorised absences would incur an Education Penalty (fine). As a result of this contact by the Attendance Enforcement Team, a number of parents will receive a courtesy letter informing them of how this would have affected them had the school been implementing this from September. Should anyone have any queries regarding this, please contact Mr Southern.