It is your legal responsibility to ensure your child comes to school. Expectation is that all pupils have 100% attendance. We closely check the attendance of all our pupils. If your child is not HERE they cannot LEARN. 

Please let the school office know if your child is going to be absent as soon as possible.  Mill Lane operates a ‘first day response’ system, and telephones parents when their child is absent and the school has not been informed of the reason.   

Authorised absences 

These might be for: 

– illness, medical, dental appointments (however please do try to make these outside of school hours); 

– days of religious observance; 

other absences in term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances 

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they are unwell.  Please click the picture to see guidance on illnesses from the NHS:

Unauthorised absences 

These are absences without valid reasons.  Too many of these can lead to the Local Authority Attendance Officer becoming involved and fines issued.  Visits to hairdressers, shopping, birthday treats or trips to visit relatives are not acceptable reasons and are unauthorised. 

Punctuality – Late Children   

Children who arrive after school starts are deemed late.  Their education is affected.  All late children must enter by the main entrance and report to the office to register their arrival.