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Attendance / Absence

Langdale is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our pupils. Regular attendance is critical if our pupils are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities presented to them.


Parental Responsibility

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly and arrive on time. Regular attendance is essential to the all-round development of the child and they should be allowed to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them in order to make good progress in their learning. Poor attendance undermines their educational attainment and progress and, sometimes, puts pupils at risk by encouraging anti-social behaviour.


Absence Reporting (Illnesses)

We request that parents/carers report any absence to school on 01253354812 before 9.00 am.  If we do not hear from you, we will make contact with you to confirm the absence as part of our safeguarding procedures.


With regards to pupils off with sickness and/or diarrhoea  with an exclusion period of 2 days (48 hours) we do not need a letter unless they are off from day 3 onwards.  The 2 day exclusion period for sickness and/or diarrhoea is to stop the spread of infection within the school.



All pupils that arrive late must report with their parent/carer to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded. Children arriving 30 minutes late will be marked absent for the morning sessions in the register.


Absence due to holiday/other circumstances

In accordance with current guidelines from the Department for Education, NO holiday will be authorised by the Principal. For all absences during term time including appointments, exams etc please complete an 'Absence Request' Form.  The request for absence must come from a parent/carer with whom the child normally lives.


Absence due to an appointment

As a school, we understand that it may be necessary to take a child out of school for an appointment e.g. GP, dentist, physiotherapist etc. during the school day.  Where possible, we would ask parents to try to minimise the number of appointments made during school hours and to provide an appointment card/letter to support the absence. We thank you in advance for your co-operation with this matter.



 Where possibly we request that prescribed medicines are worked around the school day, parents/carers are asked to ensure that any medicine needed falls during break and/or lunchtime where possible.  We ask that, if possible, parents administer creams or eye drops, either before or after school or come in at lunchtime, particularly for younger children.  Medication and inhalers must be in the original bottle with a spoon from the pharmacy and properly labelled.  Parents/carers please be reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure that any medication kept in school for your child is regularly checked and in date.



Medication will only be accepted in school if:

(a) It has been prescribed by a doctor; or

(b) It is non-prescriptive medication accompanied by written consent from the child’s parent/guardian. 


Medication of any sort will not be accepted in school without complete written and signed instructions from the parent/guardian


The Law

The law states that every child must receive a suitable education appropriate to their age, ability and needs. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to make sure that all their children of statutory school age are receiving an education.


The Government considers that children should attend school on every day the school is open for pupils unless there is an unavoidable cause such as illness or other exceptional circumstance. Parents should always provide the school with a reason for an absence. The school will liaise with the Pupil Welfare Officer when necessary and record the absence as authorised or unauthorised depending on the circumstances.


National research shows that children who attend less than 85% of the time do significantly less well at school.  

If parents/carers fail, without a reasonable excuse, to ensure that their children attend regularly they can be prosecuted or a Penalty Notice may be issued. 


Blackpool Council monitors school attendance and support schools in their efforts to raise school attendance. Their Pupil Welfare Service does this by encouraging schools to take a ‘whole school’ approach to attendance by, for example, rewarding pupils with excellent attendance or by holding attendance competitions between classes. The Service also accepts referrals about individual children where the school has concerns about their attendance.

Penalty Notice amendment – Covid related

Parents/carers please be advised that any requests for leave that include additional absence due to parental choice to isolate prior to the leave will be unauthorised. Such absences will be included within the period of unauthorised leave should a Penalty Notice be requested.

Other such like absences that are not within the current government guidelines will also be unauthorised.

If parents/carers feel that there are there are exceptional circumstances for the absence it will need to be discussed with the Principal prior to the absence


Our pupil welfare officer from Blackpool Council is Julie Talbot.


The role of Pupil Welfare is to:

  • Improve school attendance

  • Safeguard children

  • Work with agencies to support families

  • Track missing children

  • Issue performance licences

  • Issue penalty notices when required