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How we respond to absences


At Westcourt Primary & Nursery School our staff work hard to monitor the attendance of the whole school.  We are here to help if you have any troubles or concerns about your child's time at school, or if you are having a difficult time getting your child into school.  In these circumstances, Sarah Ettridge our School Home Support is available to talk to.  Westcourt works closely with SEAAS (South East Attendance Service) who visit the school weekly to discuss and track any poor attendance.


By law, every child that is statutory school age must attend school five days a week unless they are unwell.  If your child is unwell you must call our absence line before 8.50am and leave a message stating your child's name, class and reason for absence or contact us by email on


Absence line: 01474 566 411 - Option 1


When your child takes time off from school you will need to provide evidence for the reasons why.  The evidence can be:

  • A proof of appointment (card or letter)
  • Medicine prescription label (with the date and name of your child visible)


A text will be sent daily if the school does not receive a message.


When your child's attendance falls below 96%, you will be contacted via letter and your child's attendance will then be monitored by the school and the SEAAS.  When attendance is monitored, it is possible that the attendance is put on 'Fast Track'.  This could lead to parents/carers being prosecuted.  Holiday requests will not be authorised and can result in a Penalty Notice.  Any granting of an exceptional day is at the discretion of the Headteacher.



Children are expected to attend their nursery sessions (morning/afternoon) five days a week.  If your child is unwell, you must call the office before 9am and report your child absent.  We will then require proof of your child's absence (see above).  Nursery places are in high demand, so if your child is not attending regularly and their attendance falls to 87% or below you may run the risk of having your child's nursery place withdrawn.

Sickness & Diarrhoea

If your child is away from school with sickness or diarrhoea, please can you ensure that they return to school as soon as they are well enough to.  There is NO school rule or policy regarding 48 hours absence here at Westcourt Primary & Nursery School.