School Absence

f your child is absent from school due to illness it is important that you telephone school on ​01233 812614 on each morning of absences to inform school of their absence. You can also email the school office at

We encourage parents to make non urgent medical and dental appointments for outside of school hours. If your child needs to attend an appointment during the school day, we request that you bring written evidence of the appointment to the main school reception when collecting your child for the appointment or when returning to school following the appointment.


At Brook Community Primary School we are working closely as a school family to improve our attendance levels so that each child is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted.

Good attendance is a skill for life and attendance has an impact on a child’s whole school experience. 

As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence.



The only 2 reason your child maybe absence from school during term times are

  • You child is too unwell to attend.
  • The headteacher has given authorisation for you child to be absent.

Your child may be allowed to miss school for:

  • a death in the family or funeral
  • doctor, hospital or dental appointments.

Your child will not be allowed to miss school for:

  • shopping trips
  • waiting in for a delivery
  • family birthdays
  • visits from relatives
  • family outings
  • not having the correct school uniform
  • family holidays ( Given under exceptional circumstances)

If you do not get permission and you take your child out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and your child could be considered a truant.