Absence

If your child is unwell

If your child is unwell, please contact the School Office on 01954 719282 before 9.15am on the first morning of their absence and follow the instructions on the absence line (option 1), leaving your name, your child’s name and the reason for the child’s absence.

On your child’s return to School, you must send a brief explanatory note to the School, to be retained on your child’s records. This can be emailed to the School Office: office@bourn.cambs.sch.uk. A telephone call is not sufficient.

In cases of sickness and diarrhoea, please ensure your child has been clear of any symptoms for at least 24 hours before they return to School. Under no circumstances should your child come to School with a high temperature. It is only in exceptional circumstances that children can be excluded from playing outside. If your child is insufficiently well to play outside, they are not fit enough to be in School.

Medical/Dental Appointments

Please try to organise medical/dental appointments to be outside the school day if possible. If a pupil is required to attend an appointment during the School day please let us know in advance. Bring the appointment card or letter to the School Office.

Authorised/Unauthorised Leave of Absence

Parents/carers must not book family holidays during term time apart from under very exceptional circumstances.

The Government expects the attendance for every pupil to be 95% and above.  Currently any pupil whose attendance is recorded as 90% or below is recorded as a persistent absentee.  Pupils falling into this category (which includes authorised or unauthorised absences) will be monitored by the Education Welfare Officer.

Changes to Section 444 of the Education Act 1996, brought into effect in September 2013, removes the right of Head Teachers to authorise term time leave; therefore, all applications for leave in term time will be unauthorised unless there are exceptional circumstances, which must be detailed in writing (using the Application for parents/carers for leave of absence during term time, which is accessible at the bottom of this page, or from the School Office) at least 2 weeks prior to the removal of your child from School.

You should be aware that unauthorised leave of absence may lead to a referral to the Education Welfare Service, which may result in a penalty fine or legal proceedings in the Magistrates Court.  Please look at the attendance portal on the Cambridgeshire County Council website for more information.

It can be very easy for attendance to slip with a few days here and there for minor illness without being aware of the implications. Therefore, the School will send home individual letters to the parents of all pupils whose attendance is consistently under 95% (an individual attendance register will be attached).