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Absence from School

If your child is ill and cannot attend school please ring 0161 654 0257 option 2 before 9 o'clock.


If we have not been notified about a child’s absence, the Attendance Officer will contact parents by telephone and a message will be sent via the Teachers2Parents text system.

A letter will be sent on the first day of absence if no contact has been made.

On the second day of absence it is likely that a home visit will be made.

At the end of the week, if no reason for absence has been received, we will contact the Education Welfare Officer.

Where we have further concerns, it is possible that a referral to Children and Social Care Services may be made.


The school and the Local Authority expect all parents/carers to ensure that their child attends school every day. Absences due to holidays taken during school time hinder academic progress.

Requests for holidays during term time will not be authorised and these absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

Parents taking five or more days’ holiday during one term will receive a Penalty Notice including a fine of £60 per parent per child.

If you believe you have exceptional circumstances for a request please put this in writing to the Head teacher and arrange a meeting via the school office prior to the scheduled holiday.

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Any absence from school will disrupt your child’s learning. You may consider that a holiday will be educational, but your child will still miss out on the teaching that the children in their class receive. Children returning from a term time holiday are also unprepared for the lessons that build on the teaching they have missed. When teachers have to give more time to help individual children catch up on missed work, other children in the class may miss out on help, and under-achieve as a result. This is a situation that we all have a responsibility to avoid.

The Department for Education only allows a Headteacher discretion to consider an absence/holiday in term time in “special circumstances”. Very few requests fall into this category. If you consider that your request falls into this category, you will need to complete this ‘leave of absence during term time’ form. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the request is not considered to be a special circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

In the case of an unauthorised absence/holiday, Rochdale Council will be notified of the unauthorised absence/holiday taken, and a Penalty Notice will be issued. Please note that such a penalty is issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. A Penalty Notice is a fine for £60 per parent per child, which increases to £120 per parent per child if not paid within 21 days. If the Penalty Notice remains unpaid after 28 days, this may result in legal action.


If you feel there are exceptional circumstances for a holiday request please fill in the form below


Holiday Notification Form