All schools have targets to keep attendance as high as possible and we cannot stress highly enough how important it is to bring your child to school.
If your child is absent through illness, please telephone school before 9:15am on each day of absence on 0161 624 9829. Alternatively send us an email to email@example.com. If no contact is made, school has a responsibility to determine the safety/wellbeing of your child so a member of staff will therefore conduct a home visit.
When your child is better an accompanying note is necessary. If a child is absent from school and we have no notification of the reasons, then it must be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
Medical and dental appointments ought to be arranged for out-of-school hours, if at all possible. On occasions where appointments must be kept during school hours, children will only be allowed to leave school providing he/she is collected by a parent or a person authorised by the parent. It would be helpful if parents inform school, beforehand, of the appointment. Word of mouth by the child is insufficient and the child will not be allowed to leave school.
As of September 2013 and due to changes in the law, The Governing Body of St Matthew's has agreed that requests for holidays in term time will no longer be authorised.