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For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. There is a clear and proven link between low attendance and academic outcomes with pupils who regularly miss out on learning at risk of falling significantly behind their peers. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child attends school.


Absence Procedures 


Parents must inform the school office as soon as they know that their child will be absent by calling the school office on 01603 625721.


If a child is absent from school without a reason being provided, the office staff will contact parents to ascertain the reasons for any absences.


If a child is absent without a reason being provided, school staff may carry out a welfare visit to the home address or request that the police carry out a welfare visit. 

The attendance rate of all children is regularly monitored. If poor attendance is significant, parents will be contacted by letter asking them to meet with a school representative to discuss the issue. If no improvement is made, we are obliged to follow Norfolk County Council procedures which can result in parents receiving a fine.


Term-time absence 


Holidays in term time can not be authorised.


Permission for term-time absence will only be authorised if there are exceptional circumstances. A request form must be submitted to the Head of School via the school office with full details of the exceptional reasons why a child needs to be absent from school. The Head of School will respond to all requests.


Please note, absence to observe certain major religious festivals may be authorised but we are not able to authorise travelling days if families choose to go to another country or part of the country to mark a festival.

Bignold Leave of Absence Request Form

Further information to Parents/Carers regarding attendance and legal intervention - September 2020