School Attendance


If your child is ill, you need to tell the school as soon as possible:
  • what the illness is
  • whether the child has seen a doctor
  • how long you expect them to be absent
  • If you need school staff to give your children medicine, you need to give them written consent. The Department for Education offers more information on medicine in school.

Term-time holidays

You can only take your children out of school during term for exceptional circumstances – such as family weddings or bereavements. It is up to the school to decide.

For more information about taking your child out of school during term time, read our guidance here.


If a parent or member of the public is concerned a child is not going to school, or does not have a school place, they can contact


Children can be excluded from school for a fixed term – anything up to 45 days in a school year – or, if the situation is very serious, permanently.

Guidance and information about exclusions can be found on the Reading Services Guide.