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Report an absence

We lose valuable learning time when children are absent or late.

If your child will be late or absent, you must contact the school before 8.45am


It can be tricky deciding when to keep your child off school when they’re unwell. See the NHS advice on Is my child too ill for school?

If your child is ill and cannot attend school, you must let us know.

Please ring the school on 01323 893450 before 8.45am on the first day of absence. Leave a message with your child’s name, class and the reason for absence.

If your child is off more than one day, you will need to call and inform the office each day. Then we know your child is safe.

Late to school

At Seaford Primary School we take the register by:

  • 8.35am in KS2 and
  • 8.45am in KS1/EYFS

KS2 children who arrive after 8.45am must enter the school by the office and report to reception.

EYFS and KS1 pupils who arrive after 8.55am must enter the school by the office and report to reception.

We will record their name and reason for lateness.

When pupils arrive late this is an unauthorised absence. 

Medical appointments

If possible, please make appointments for the doctor or dentist outside of school hours. Where this is not possible please let us know the appointment date and time in advance.

You can send a letter or tell the school secretary and provide your child’s name, class and reason for absence.

Holidays in term time

Holidays in term time disrupt a child’s education.

You must fill in a Withdrawal From Learning form which can be printed here or you can also get one from the school office. The headteacher will decide whether to authorise this absence.

Guidance to headteachers is that these should only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.