It is critically important that children attend school everyday unless too ill to do so. Unless your child has had sickness or diarrhoea (in which case they need to have 48 hours off school to avoid the spread of nasty bugs) or there is a good chance that they may be positive for Covid-19, please make every effort to bring your child into school every day. Typically, mild colds should not prevent a child from attending school.

Children must attend school regularly and on time during term time. Your child can only miss school if:

  • they are too ill to go to school

  • the school has authorised the absence due to exceptional circumstances.

If you do not get permission and you take your child out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Please click on the link below for more details: 

West Sussex Leave of Absence information


Should your child display one of the following symptoms (taken from the NHS website):

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

they must self-isolate and get a PCR test (a test that is processed in a lab). Children must not come to school(including onto the school grounds) until they get their result. If they get a negative result, then they can return to school. If the test comes back positive, they will need to stay off school for 10 days from their first symptoms and until they feel well enough to return. In addition, if your child needs to get a PCR test for any other reason, such as if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, especially if there is a positive case in your household, we must insist that you keep them off school until they get their result. Again, if this is negative, then your child can return to school. There is work available on this website for them to complete at home, while they are awaiting their result. 

Reporting an absence:

If your child is too ill to attend school, please email us at or ring us on 01293 525449 and choose option 1, before the start of the school day. Please do NOT email the office to say that your child will be absent. If your child is absent and booked into Breakfast Club or Cygnet Crew, please remember to email to let them know that your child will not be at the club.  

Request for absence:

If you wish to apply for an absence in term term, please complete our online form. This can be found by clicking the link in the previous sentence or by scanning the following QR code. 

If you are unable to access the form, you can request a paper copy from the school office.