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Taking your child out of school during term time may harm your child’s academic progress. Absences may only be authorised at the discretion of the Principal in exceptional circumstances.

Please see the Wiltshire Council leaflet Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Absence During Term Time which is also available from the school office. Circumstances which are notified to the school after a decision has been made by the Principal will not be considered. Therefore please be certain to provide details of the exceptional circumstances relating to your application on the form below and attach any supporting evidence.

Please be aware that holidays will not be authorised for reasons that do not meet the Local Authority criteria very closely and penalties will be issued for any unauthorised absences. Should you wish to apply for authorised holidays you must apply in advance of the dates.


If your child is ill, please call the school office on 01672 870482 by 9.15am on the morning of their first absence to let us know, and each subsequent day. Once your child returns to school, please let us know in writing (email is fine) the reason for their absence. We are required to keep a record.


If you think your child has possible COVID-19 symptoms, then call 111 and recall the information to them for clarification. If a test is suggested, then while you await please contact the school office to inform us and then let us know the results.

  • If the test result is negative, your child should return to school immediately, or when well enough to do so.
  • If the test result is positive you must follow the guidance and self-isolate. Please make sure to inform the school office of positive test results.

The current guidance from the Department for Education for parents and carers can be found here.

Sickness & diarrhoea – If your child has vomited, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. This is in line with NHS recommendations and helps prevent the spread of infections through the school community.

Other childhood illnesses: There is a useful document on the Public Health England website which outlines the number of days a child should be absent for due to illnesses such as Scarlet Fever, Chicken Pox and Impetigo here

Absence requests for a session/particular event – Mrs Perrett does not authorise requests for absence unless they are for unavoidable appointments, or for educational purposes such as music/ballet exams or arranged activities off site. A leave of absence request form must be submitted in advance of the event.