Attendance & Absence


Since September 2015, a new challenge has faced every school with the reduction of the threshold for persistent absenteeism now set at 10%, reducing from 15% in previous years. This amounts to 19 school days in a year. This is a very tight target and is linked to holidays in term time and indiscriminate days off.

Additionally, the guidance for issuing penalty notices for unauthorised absence has been revised. It now states that:

Penalty Notices can only be issued in cases where a pupil of compulsory school age has been absent from school and the absence has not been authorised or where a pupil arrives persistently late.

The minimum level of absence necessary is 10 or more school sessions (5 days) in any 100 day period.

Prosecution under the Education Act should be considered as an alternative where 20 or more sessions of unauthorised absence occur.

It is therefore essential that all requests for ‘leave of absence’ are made well in advance to enable time to check reasons, evidence and previous attendance information. Do not assume that authorisation will be given. School term dates are published well in advance to enable parents to make plans for holidays out of school time. These can be found either on the school website Calendar or Cornwall Council website.

This guidance is intended to be used in tackling parentally condoned absence where it is reasonable to expect that a parent can ensure the child’s regular attendance but are not willing to take responsibility for doing so.

Please help us and your child by ensuring that their attendance remains above 95% .




We appreciate that illness happens and that sometimes a child is too poorly to come to school. In this instance, please can you let your child's school know, at your most earliest convenience, by contacting your child's school. Please listen to the options and leave a message explaining why your child will be absent on that day. 

Bude Infant School number is: 01288 353798
Bude Junior School number is: 01288 352731


Returning to school after illness

Please note in instances of sickness and/or diarrhoea, please keep your child off school for 48 hours, timed from the last occurrence. 

Medication - We can only administer prescribed medication to children if: 

  • They are handed in to the office with clear written instructions. We have to keep these written instructions with our "logbook". Instructions on the bottle is not sufficient  

  • The medicine is labelled with the child's name and dose 

  • The timing of the dose is not critical 

  • Parents should collect medicines from the office at the end of the school day 

We have to dispense all medicines centrally; this has to been done at playtime or lunch time. Where medicine has to be given four times a day, it would be helpful if you gave one dose before school and two after, leaving us to give one only in the middle of the day. 

The above does not apply to asthma inhalers which often need to be kept with the child. Parents need to complete our Asthma form to enable this. It is available from the school office. Parents of children with asthma should encourage them to learn to take responsibility for their own medication. 



Should you child be absent without prior warning, we will attempt to contact you to ensure your child's whereabouts and safety.



As we want the best for our children, we would like to work with you to achieve 100% attendance. Young children’s brains develop rapidly, which is why poor attendance quickly affects your child’s progress.

Holidays in term time will not be authorised under any circumstances.  Absences will be recorded as 'unauthorised' on the register. 

If you are taking your child out of school for a holiday, or any other event, then a holiday request form must be filled in prior to the absence. The form can be found on our website under (insert location) or alternatively a hard copy can be obtained from the school office. 

We would like all pupils to be in school, on time and ready to learn every day. Every day counts.


Medical appointments 

We ask that were possible you book routine medical appointments after 3:15pm. However, If you need to take your child out of school for any length of time to attend a medical appointment, then the school office must be notified in advance. We also ask to see the letter confirming the date and time of the medical appointment. Please ensure that, where possible, medical appointments are made outside of school time.