Absence and Late Procedures

We pride ourselves on the good attendance of our children and at all times encourage children and parents to be punctual.  Good attendance and punctuality are vital to prepare children for the future and ensure they make good progress.


If your child is unwell and unable to come to school, please inform the school office on the first day of absence before 9.15am.  This can be done by telephoning the school on 01335 370292 or sending an e-mail to bradley@thedalesfederation.co.uk.  If we don't hear from you before 9.30am then the school office staff will be in touch with you to confirm the absence.

Please note that we follow the Public Health England advice concerning how long children need to be kept off school because of a medical issue (Please see below).  We do ask that children are kept absent from school for a clear 48 hours following any sickness and/or diarrhoea. 

If your child will be late to school please inform the school office and let us know if a school lunch is required so that we can ensure one is ordered with the kitchen staff.


We discourage parents from taking children out of school in term-time.  Under government guidance, schools are unable to authorise any absences that are not for exceptional purposes.  Absences that are unauthorised may result in a penalty notice being issued by Derbyshire County Council.


All request for leave of absence are taken on an individual basis and follow Local Authority recommendations.  Leave of Absence Request forms are available from the school office or you can download a copy from Useful Forms .

Attendance Matters 01.04.2022.pdf
Should my child go to school - Version 1 April 2022.pdf