Saltdean Primary School

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What to do if your child is going to be absent from school.

What to do on each day of absence:-

  • Parent to contact the School by 8.30 a.m. with the child’s name, class and reason for absence.
  • On return to school following the absence, parents should send a letter or email to the school office detailing the reason and length of absence. This should be dated and signed. Failure to produce a written reason may result in the absence being unauthorised.

 The following considerations apply:

  • GP and dental appointments should be made out of school hours unless it is an emergency in which case the child may well not attend school that day for that reason.
  • Hospital appointments which are arranged should be arranged for out of school hours or for the afternoons where possible.
  • Hospital appointments which are given (eg for certain clinics which only run at given times) parents should request an appointment that will enable their child to be in school for the first part of the morning wherever possible.
  • Private or alternative health care appointments will not be allowed (authorised) in school hours unless supported by a GP letter and evidence that the practitioner only provides services in school hours.
  • Please provide a copy of the appointment letter / text message confirmation if possible.

We have an Attendance and Punctuality Policy which holds lost of information about how we can support your child to attend school as often and as safely as possible.

EWO- Mrs Jackie Storey

I am the Education Welfare Officer supporting Saltdean Primary School and I am responsible for overseeing Attendance and Punctuality for all pupils.

There is a wealth of research showing that children with excellent attendance make better progress at all stages of their education than those with poor attendance. 90% attendance may sound good, but it is worth remembering that a child with 90% for the whole year will actually have missed nearly 4 weeks of school!

We regularly review attendance for all children, and if your child’s attendance is under around 93% then you will probably receive a letter to let you know that we are keeping an eye on it, and offering support if required.

It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually. Part of my role involves liaising with the Local Authority and Legal Services, who are responsible for taking legal action against parents/carers where attendance is poor and absences are unauthorised.


We would like to send a sincere thank you to the vast majority of families who ensure that children are on time every day. However, lateness is an area that we do need to improve on as a school so it is going to be monitored closely, and we will be sending letters to families where persistent lateness is a concern.

In addition to this, we will be holding “Late Gate” initiatives where attendance staff will be at the gates in the morning speaking to parents/carers and children who arrive late.

HOLIDAYS during term time

Please remember that we cannot authorise ANY absences from school due to family holidays. Please use the 175 non-school days that we have every year. We are fully committed to following Brighton & Hove City Council’s Code of Conduct around Fixed Penalty Notice fines for unauthorised absences during term time, so if your child is absent during term time for a holiday then you should expect to receive a fine.

Our Withdrawal from Learning Policy explains more about seeking permission to withdraw your child from their statutory learning.

Please pass a message via the office for Mrs Storey if you would like to discuss anything around attendance or absences.


Attendance certificates are awarded to children half termly with 96% + attendance to KS1 and KS2 children.