Marsh Hill, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7HY | Telephone: 0121 464 2920

Absence from school

If your child is absent from school please notify us by telephone on the first day of absence. Please give the reason for absence and the expected length of the absence when you ring. On return to school please provide a note or a medical certificate. 

Late Arrival

School doors open at 8.40am. Lessons begin promptly at 8.45am. It is essential that all children are in school in good time to start the morning session. If for any reason a late start is unavoidable, please bring your child to school as soon as possible and register at the Office.

Exceptional leave - an important message

Please note that the 2013 amendment to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, means that Head Teachers may no longer authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional. This is also in accordance with Birmingham Local Authority’s ‘Leave in Term Time Guidance’. Click here for further information.

Parents are required to notify the school of any exceptional or urgent absence and an appointment or letter should be made with the Headteacher.  It is the Head Teacher who will then make a decision on whether or not the leave can be authorised.

For example: life threatening or critical illness of parent or sibling of the pupil, parent/carer recuperation and convalescence from critical illness or surgery (leave request to be made within 6 months of recovery and medical evidence required.  

If your child takes leave that has not been authorised by the Head Teacher, it will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised. Please understand that this may lead to the issuing of a penalty notice and legal action being taken or your child losing their school place. If you are issued with a penalty notice, each parent will be fined a minimum of £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made. If that fine is not paid, you may be required to attend Court and this could result in a fine for each parent of up to £1000 per child. Being taken to Court could result in you having a criminal record.

If a pupil takes unauthorised leave in term time without the Head Teacher’s permission, and does not return to school within 20 school days, the pupil may be deleted from the school register on the 21st day i.e. they will no longer have a place at this school.