Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School


School Absence

Children who are away from school for significant periods of time miss out on important teaching and learning and such absences may harm your child’s progress and attainment.

Parents and carers are legally responsible for ensuring their children attend school regularly. It is important that children and young people attend school on a regular basis, because every school day counts.

In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:

• Spend time together

• Go on family visits

• Go on holiday

• Go on days out

• Attend routine appointments

Taking children on holiday during term time has a negative effect on a child’s learning and their ability to achieve, as they miss lessons which form the basis for current work. This impacts not only on their own progress, but also on the progress of other pupils and on extra time spent by staff in helping the child to catch up. 

Orchard Head School's Attendance Policy can be found under 'Policies' in the 'About Us' section of the school website. 

We ask that parents do not put their children in a vulnerable position by asking them to lie about being absent for family holidays.  

A home visit may be made in the case of a long term absence.