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Four Marks CE Primary School

Love. Integrity. Forgiveness. Equality.


Good school attendance habits are best started early. Children learn from those around them and you as parents/carers set the standards and expectations for your child. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment.

Your responsibilities as a parent

By law, all children of compulsory school age (normally five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens – either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements to give them a suitable, full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly. This means your child should not have sessions of unauthorised absence.

Absence due to illness or medical appointments:

If your child is absent through illness or to attend a medical appointment please email our dedicated absence email stating their name, class and reason for the absence to : Please notify the school on the first day your child is unable to attend due to illness. 

Leave of Absence:

If you wish to request a leave of absence for school, please complete the application form below. Please note that a leave of absence can only be granted for exceptional circumstances and you will need to explain why this activity cannot be completed during (any) normal school holiday. 

Longer absence through illness, injury or medical condition

If absence is long-term or repeated, schools may request proof that your child is genuinely unwell and unable to attend school as this is a key part of their safeguarding duties. Keep copies of any appointment letters or medical reports.

If your child:

  • has a long term or chronic condition, and is expected to be absent from school for a longer period
  • has intermittent attendance due to an illness (such as epilepsy or sickle cell anaemia)
  • is going to be absent from school for a period of therapy or surgery

The school may want to draw up a support plan with you, and consider whether to refer your child to our specialist services.