Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Wood Primary School

Strive Positivity Achieve Respect Kindness

Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

01268 743445




Reporting of a Child's Absence

To report a child's absence, please call the Absence Line on 01268 743 445 and choose option 1 to advise us by 9am of any sickness or absences on the first day your child is not in school. We ask that if your child is still not back by the third day, that you advise us again via the Absence Line. Once back in School, we do require a note detailing the absence sent in to the Class Teacher.

School Absence through Sickness/Diarrhoea

Following directive from The Public Health Guidance for Schools, pupils recovering from diarrhoea or vomiting should not attend school until completely symptom free for 48 hours. Children who return to school before the required 48 hours incubation period will be sent home


Leave of Absence Form


To apply for Leave of Absence during term time, please download, complete and email the following form to

Leave of Absence Form

Leave of Absence during Term Time..... this must be accompanied by an explanatory note to the Headteacher.


Leave of absence may only be granted where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides. Under the Pupil Registration Regulations 2013, amended regulation 7, the Headteacher, acting on behalf of the Governing Body, is prohibited from granting leave of absence to a pupil, unless he considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.


There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time; however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.  Holidays during term time will not be authorised . If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school. 


Please click here for more information on Attendance


Administering of Medication and the Use of Medical Aids

Please click the link Managing Medication in School Policy for our UPDATED Policy for Administering of Medication and the Use of Medical Aids in School.

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