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Great Kimble Church of England School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Attendance / Late / Absence Procedures

Great Kimble School is committed to giving pupils the best start to their school life. Promoting regular attendance is part of this commitment. With good attendance pupils will have the opportunities they need to develop friendships, feel secure in school routines and gain maximum benefit from the educational experiences on offer.


Late arrivals

The School day starts with registration at 8.45am. Please ensure your child arrives at school promptly, ready for the school day and ready to learn. We offer a 'drop off' facility from 8.30am-8.45am and children go straight to their classroom where they will be welcomed by their class teacher. If for any reason you are late, your child needs to come to the main office where you will be asked to sign them in using the electronic sign in system.   



Parents must phone the school office before 9 a.m. on each day that their child is absent as the school must be able to account for all pupils in the morning. Please email or leave a message on 01844 346189,with your child's name, class and full information on nature of child's illness.

If your child is unwell with any sickness or diarrhoea, they must stay at home for 48 hours after their last bout.


Medical Appointments

These need to be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible , please notify us as above with proof of the booking (in advance where possible) and collect your child from the main office and sign them out using our electronic system.


Leave of absence

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 have removed all references to family holidays and leave of absence shall not be granted unless an application had been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that leave of absence should be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Whilst the Headteacher will consider all requests on a case-by-case basis, parents must be aware that requests will normally be refused. We ask that families do not book holidays during term time. Missing the first few days of a new term can be particularly unsettling for a child. We would therefore urge parents to check school dates carefully before booking holidays.

Under the 1996 Education Act, parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against them by the Local Authority.


Should you need, for any reason, to apply for your child to miss a day or more of school, please click this link that will take you to the necessary form:

Leave of Absence Request