Absence & lateness


If your child is ill, we need to be informed by 9.30am, on the first day of absence. Otherwise, the school will mark the absence as unauthorised. Absences can be reported to the school office by either ringing the school and leaving a message on the absence line or emailing the school office. Parents should regularly update the school and inform the school when their child is returning.

School Office - 01892 523006



Vomiting and Diarrhoea.

If your child has vomiting and diarrhoea they must not return to school within 48 hours since the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. If your child has vomited at school, they should not return the following day.


Communicable diseases.

Please let the school know immediately if your child has contracted any communicable diseases such as measles or chickenpox.

The school target for attendance is 96.5% minimum, or no more than 6 days authorised absence per school year. Below this level, your child will miss out on teaching and be less prepared for future lessons when they return.

If there is any specific issue that makes attendance difficult please speak to either your child’s class teacher, one of the senior leadership team or our Family Liaison Officer, Mrs Pierce.


Late for school

At St James’ CE Primary School the register is taken at 9:00am and 13:10pm. The playground gate closes at 8:55am. Pupils arriving after this time must enter school by the main entrance and report to Reception where they record their name and the reason for lateness using the electronic entry system. The pupil will be marked as late before registration has closed (Code ‘L’).

The register will close at 9:05 am and 13:15 pm. Pupils arriving after the register has closed will be marked as late after registration and this will count as an unauthorised absence for the entire session (morning or afternoon).

Frequent lateness after the register has closed will be discussed with parents and could provide grounds for prosecution or a Penalty Notice.