Authorised Absence

Only the school is permitted to authorise any absences and this may include illness, family bereavement, religious observance. There will be some rare occasions when other reasons for absence may be authorised but please come and talk to us – we will always try to be sympathetic.

Unauthorised Absence

There are times when children are absent for reasons that are not permitted by law. These are called unauthorised absences and include such examples as:

  • Going for a family day out
  • Having a birthday treat
  • Going shopping
  • Over sleeping
  • Looking after a sick relative or pet
  • Meeting relatives
  • Waiting in for a delivery
  • Being absent and no reason is given
  • Not taking part in a school visit or activity day
  • Family holiday

Unauthorised absences (over 10 sessions) and low attendance (currently below 90%) have to be brought to the attention of the Educational Welfare Officer who may contact you to discuss any attendance issues.

The Local Authority has the power to take legal action against you should attendance remain low or unauthorised absence continue

Absence from School Form      

Absence from School request (2013)  

Attendance Leaflet Gillingstool 2018