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 symptoms of 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


Please do NOT send your children to school if they, or anyone in your household, displays any of the following symptoms: 

  • a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
  • a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

Instead, your whole household should self-isolate and you should book a test for the person displaying symptoms. If the test comes back negative, your children may 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. Other members of the household should continue self-isolating for 14 days This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. They should only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

Please note:

  • Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste, because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus
  • If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly:
  • Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
  • If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, parents of other children in the bubble will be informed and will need to complete the actions advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.
  • The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful:

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

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. 

Request for absence:

If you wish to apply for an absence in term term, please complete our new 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.