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  • In line with DfE guidance, The Dawnay school is only open for eligible pupils. Please contact the school office for more information about the eligibility criteria for accessing a school place.


Attendance and Absence 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Attendance Update Friday 13/3/20

  • It is important that we all do our best to ensure that our children’s education is disrupted as little as possible. 
  • In line with current (13 March 2020) Government guidance students and staff should continue to attend school unless:
  • They have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), a new continuous cough and/or high temperature, however mild, when they should stay at home and not leave the house for 7 days from when the symptoms started.
  • All other children and staff should continue to attend school, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials or government guidance).
  • The SLT wil consult the government guidance in considering whether or not to authorise absence and discuss with their Inclusion Officer if we require further advice

Attendance General Advice

Children are legally expected to come to school everyday. The only exceptions to this are  in cases of illness or where the Head of School has granted special leave of absence.

If your child is not able to come to school due to illness, it is essential you contact the school before 9.30am on the first day of absence.


Children are collected from the playground at 8:45 am every morning for registration. The school day starts at 8.55am. Gates to the school open at 8.35am giving your child time to be ready for their learning at the start of the day. Teachers record lateness in the registers and persistent lateness maybe referred to the Educational Welfare Officer. 

Leave of Absence

The school holiday dates are published in advance and we therefore do not see any reason for parents and carers to need to take their children out of school during term time. Therefore, in the interests of your child's education, the Head of School will not normally be prepared to grant leave of absence for family holidays or holidays with friends or youth organisations in school time. There is strong DfE evidence showing that children who are absent from school for any length of time do not make good progress or achieve their full potential. If a family feels leave in term time is unavoidable then written details must be provided. This should be done at least two weeks in advance, so that appropriate consideration can be given and a response made.

Please note that failure to comply with this procedure may result in an unauthorised absence being recorded and the Educational Welfare Officer being informed.