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.


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.