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Whole School Percentage Attendance Target: 97%

Holiday during School Time

Children should not be taken out of school during term time. Current statutory guidance from the Department for Education states that “Head Teachers should not grant leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances”. Please ensure that you help us observe this new directive by not applying for holidays in term time as we will not be in a position to authorise these.

Please note that exceptional circumstances will only apply where a child’s attendance is 95% +.  If attendance is below this then the absence will not be authorised.


If your child is unwell or not attending school for any other reason, please notify the school (via phone or ParentMail) before 9.00am on every day of absence, confirming the name of your child, their class and the reason for absence.

Medical Appointments

We do ask that wherever possible, appointments are made outside of the school day. However should you need to come in during the course of the school day to collect your child for an appointment, you will need to come to the main reception in Explorers via the front entrance (The Mead) and signed your child out via our electronic system. We ask that you supply a copy of the appointment letter, email or card so that the absence can be marked as authorised.


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Can My Child Go To School Today 29th Oct 2019 Download
HDPS Leave of Absence Request Form 29th Oct 2019 Download
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