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Cheney School

Cheney School

Attendance FAQ's

My child seems ill but I don’t think it is severe enough for him/her to take the day off. What should I do?

Feeling under the weather – colds, headaches, stomach pains, etc – affects us all but not to the point that we need to miss school or work. Medication, both prescription and non-prescription, can be left with our Medical Support Assistant, who is a medically trained, if your child should need it during the day. Please call the school on 01865 765726 and ask for the Medical Reception, should you wish to discuss your child’s needs. A child who has an injury, such as a sprained ankle, can be allowed out of lesson five minutes early and can use the lifts.

My child claims s/he is ill but I don’t think it is genuine. What should I do?

Sometimes your child may want to avoid school. This may indicate there are wider issues that need addressing. Send your child to school and contact your child’s Assistant Head of Year about the situation. The contact details for discussing these sorts of concerns with each Year Group are here.

My child is definitely ill with fever. What should I do next?

Contact your child’s Assistant Head of Year by 8.30 on the morning of the absence by either email or telephone. The contact details for reporting absences to each Year Group are here. Please do not leave a message on any other school telephone line regarding your child’s absence. If your child will be absent for more than three days, please inform the school so work can be sent home for your child, thus ensuring his or her education is not interrupted.

My child has a doctor’s appointment during school time. What should I do?

Please try to avoid doctor or dentist appointments during the school day. Appointments are usually available after school hours as surgeries are open until at least 5 p.m. If your child must attend an appointment during school time, please ensure s/he attends school for part of the day at least, leaving early or arriving late (with a note).

There is a family wedding during term time. Can we take the day/s as holiday?

Please refer to a summary of our holiday policy here. When students are taken out of school by parents without permission it is an unauthorised absence and may leave parents liable for a penalty notice (fine) from the Local Authority. Please note that if a student is out of school for more than 20 days, s/he will be taken off the school roll and will need to reapply for a place at Cheney via the Local Authority. There is no guarantee they will get their place back as several year groups are oversubscribed.

My child’s report shows a number of unauthorised absences. What does this mean?

These are absences we do not consider reasonable and for which the school has not given leave. They include such things as parents keeping children off school unnecessarily; truancy; absences not properly explained.

My child’s report shows a number of unauthorised lates. What does this mean?

This means your child arrived at school after 8.25a.m without good reason.  Students should be on site by 8.25a.m.