School Attendance - Information for Parents and Carers

Parents have a legal obligation to ensure their child receives their entitlement to their education. This is fulfilled by parents ensuring their child comes to school every day.


If your child is absent as a result of illness, you should phone us on 01753 521215 (Britwell campus) or 01753 531415 (Town Hall campus)


Absences due to illness, for which we receive an explanation, are given an authorisation in the registers. Absences for which we receive no explanation remain unauthorised absences in the registers. High levels of unauthorised absence, regular days off, or periods of absence will be investigated by the Attendance Manager. Parents may be requested to come to an Attendance Panel, to explain seriously high levels of absence. They may be at risk of prosecution for failing to bring their child to school regularly which may result in being fined by the local authority.


Parents occasionally request the Head Teacher to authorise absences for family holidays. In line with Local and National Government guidance and due to unacceptably high levels of pupil absence in recent school years, the Governors and Head Teacher at Claycots School have instructed that no holiday absence is authorised. School is closed for a sufficient amount of time each year for families to make arrangements to take holidays that do not impact upon their children’s education. Parents who take unauthorised leave of absence may be subject to a fine issued by the local authority.


For further information please refer to our Attendance Policy and some further information about common childhood illnesses:

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