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Sickness absence


If your child is unwell and will not be coming in to school, you will need to contact us to advise that your child will not be attending each day they are absent.  We have a dedicated answerphone to take absence messages, so you can contact the school at any time of the day or night, and leave a message.  

We would request that you contact us by 9am on the day of absence.


If your child is unwell whilst at school or we have any health concerns, we will contact you to come and collect them. 


For guidance, the recommendation from 'Public Health England' is:-

Vomiting and/or diarrhoea  - children should be kept off school for 48 hours following an incidence of vomiting or diarrhoea.

Chickenpox - children should be kept off school until all vesicles (blisters) have crusted over.

Impetigo - children should be kept off school until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotics.

Head Lice - Treatment is recommended where live lice have been seen.  Once the hair has been treated, they can return to school.


If your child is unwell and you would like clarification about whether to send them to school, please phone the school office or refer to the NHS advice through the link below