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It is a legal requirement that an accurate record of attendance and absence is kept and that a distinction is made between authorised and unauthorised absences.

To help us in this task and to ensure that we know who should be in school on a given day, we would ask parents to observe the following procedures.


Unplanned absence

If your child is prevented from attending school through illness or for an unavoidable circumstance, you should notify Dame Bradbury's School Office by emailing us at or by calling us on 01223 454 700 no later than 08.30am. 

When your child returns to school please confirm in writing the cause and the length of the absence.

A doctor’s certificate is not required after an infectious or contagious illness, but parents are requested to ensure that a doctor has agreed that their child may return to school and also to inform the Head of Junior School of any infectious illness so that other members of the school community can be alerted, if necessary.

Following Health Protection Agency guidelines, we ask that your child does not return to school for 48 hours after a case of diarrhoea and/or vomiting.


Planned absence

We follow Government guidelines relating to pupil attendance and the authorisation of absences. From 1 September 2013, new regulations came into force; namely that schools ‘may not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances’. Whilst we fully appreciate that medical/dental appointments and music exams are sometimes unavoidable in term-time, we would ask you to bear in mind these new regulations when booking family holidays.

Where possible please avoid making routine appointments during school hours. Details of medical and dental appointments and of music, speech and dance examinations taking place outside school should be sent to the Head of Junior School when seeking authorisation of absence. Such authorisation should be sought as early as possible and at least 48 hours before the planned absence.

As stated above, it is important that your child does not have leave of absence from school for any other reason. If there are exceptional circumstances you should seek authorisation, in writing from the Head of Dame Bradburys School, preferably two weeks before the planned absence. 

Pupils who arrive in school after registration or depart/return during the day must sign in the In/Out via the Inventry system, which is held at the main reception.

Pupils who arrive after 8.30am, without prior permission or explanation, will be marked as Late in the form register for the morning session.