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Attendance, Authorised Absence, Illness and Leaving Overdale School Process

At Overdale Junior School we believe that Every school day counts in a child's academic life. A missed school day is not only a lost opportunity for our students to learn, but also essential time missed to develop socially and emotionally.

We would like to thank our parents for their commitment to their child’s attendance.

Please see the OAK Trust Attendance policy for more information: OAK Academies Trust - Policies ( 

The vast majority of parents ensure that their child attends regularly and on time, meeting the OAK MAT Trust expectation of at least 96% attendance.

We love to see happy faces as our pupils arrive at school on time, ready to learn.  Children who do not get to school on time or miss days of school, miss learning time.

School starts at 8:50am and children should arrive at school no earlier than 8:45am.

School finishes at 3:20pm and children should be collected at this time from the appropriate playground:

Year 3 and 4 – Willow

Year 5 and 6 - Blackberry

If your child is ill:

We know that sometimes your child may be unable to attend because they feel unwell. 

At school we use NHS guidance to advise regarding childhood illnesses, and to help us judge whether a child is well enough to be at school. This information can be viewed using the following useful link for parents:

All absences should be reported to the school, verbally or through the absences email (listed below) between 8:00am and 9:00am, but must be reported by 9.30am on the first day of absence, and each day of an extended period of absence.  The Admin staff will telephone or text any unreported absences after 9.30am to ensure the child is safe and with a responsible adult.

School telephone: 0116 288 3736

School Email:

School absences email:

Please state subject: Absence from school

Absence due to illness

If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please remember to telephone the office so that their teacher can be informed.

Medical appointments

We recognise that it can be difficult to arrange hospital and doctors' appointments outside school hours, so medical appointments during the school day are permissible.  However, please remember to advise the school about any appointments your child has and do try to schedule appointments outside of school time wherever possible to avoid disruption for your child.


When a child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school for parents. These simple guidelines taken from the NHS website should help. Click here to go straight to it.

Not every illness needs a child to stay away from school. If a child is kept away from school, parents must inform the school on the first day of their absence.

Common sense needs to be used when deciding whether or not a child is too ill to attend school. 

Children unwell whilst at school 

Occasionally, pupils are unwell at school. Our policy is to assess each case separately. We will only send children home if they are deemed unwell enough to be at school. If a child can be cared for in class or with another adult, they will stay at school until the end of the day. However, there are times when it is best that children go home as they are unwell or need to rest.  

Common conditions

If a child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions. (see below)

Cough and cold

A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If a child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, they should go to a  GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.

Raised temperature

If a child has a particularly high temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better.


Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If a child has a rash, check with a GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.


A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then the child should be kept off school and a GP consulted.

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting must be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult a GP.

Sore throat

A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.


If a child has chickenpox, they must be kept off school until all their spots have crusted over.

Click here to go to Public Health England's latest advice

Other Reasons for Absence

The vast majority of our parents recognise that their children are most happy and successful when in school and when they attend regularly.

Government guidelines issued in September 2013, ensure that parents have no entitlement to take their child on a holiday during term time. All requests for leave during term time must be made in advance and will be considered on an individual basis and will only be authorised if the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher considers there are exceptional circumstances. Additional evidence may be requested by the school to support these requests.

In the unlikely event that you want to ask for your child’s absence to be authorised due to an exceptional circumstance, a leave of absence form should be collected from the school office and the request must be put in writing and addressed to the Headteacher.

If there is any other reason why you or your child are finding it difficult to attend school regularly and on time, then please do contact Mr Lang our Family Support Worker who would be happy to work with you to develop a support plan. Mr Lang has already helped many parents and children in this way.  Seeking early help, regardless of the issue, can help you to avoid any unnecessary fines for non-attendance.

Leaving OJS

If your child is leaving the school please ensure that the notification form below is completed returned to the main reception before your child leaves.