Attendance and Reporting Absence


Parents and carers of the pupils who are of compulsory school age are required to ensure that they receive sufficient full-time education. Here at Lancasterian we have high expectations across the school community for good attendance and 
we do all we can to support school attendance and take seriously any issues that may lead to non-attendance. Good school attendance is essential to ensure that all children and young people make the most of the educational opportunities available to them and to help them achieve their full potential whilst ensuring that all pupils stay safe. We believe this sets good habits for later in life, and ultimately if your child is not in school they cannot learn! 

Reporting Absence

All pupils are expected to arrive in school for a 9.00 am start. The school day
ends at 3.15 pm.

  • If a pupil is ill, parents/ carers are to notify the school of the nature of the illness, and where possible when the pupil is expected to return.
  • Medical appointments should be notified in advance and an appointment card/letter may need to be provided.

If the pupil is absent without explanation the school attendance team will contact the parent or carer on the same day. Non-attendance is a safeguarding issue. If we fail to make contact, the absence will be followed up by a senior member of staff who may need to involve other agencies.

Due to changes in government legislation, Parents/Carers are only able to take children out of school during term time under exceptional circumstances. Parents / Carers needing to request an absence for their child(ren) should write 
to the Head teacher at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively. 

Please note Parents/Carers who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. These remain on the child’s record and will be monitored for further action by school attendance 
team. Parents/carers could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action.