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Fordley Primary School

‘Aiming Higher’

Reporting Your Child's Absence

  • If your child is too unwell to attend school please make sure you ring us on 0191 2008030 and either speak to a member of school staff or leave a message (choose option 1) explaining why your child is absent that day.
  • Children who have a runny nose, a mild cough or a sore throat do not need to stay off school.  If you are unsure whether your child is well enough to come in, or not, please feel free to bring them in and we will help you make that decision.  We can also keep them in school and contact you should they become more poorly.
  • If your child has had an upset stomach, they do not need to stay off for 48 hours.  If they are feeling better and have no further symptoms, bring them into school.
  • If you have to take your child out of school for an appointment e.g. doctors, dentist, opticians, hospital, we will ask to see a copy of the letter you received or an appointment card.
  • Where possible, please avoid taking children to appointments during the school day.  School finishes at 3:20pm meaning there is time for appointments after school.
  • If your child already has a significant amount of absence, we may not authorise the absence unless you have a letter from the doctor.



COLLECTION FROM AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION - All after school clubs collections will be from outside the main school entrance so please turn up at the collection time for your child (to avoid having lots of people waiting around outside of the building). The only access point will be through the front gates for safeguarding reasons. No other external gates will be open (e.g. the gates to the line) - this is because our afterschool childcare children have supervised access to our yard and field and it would not be safe to leave other gates open. Please remember to wear a face mask on site where possible and, unless your child is in Y6 and has permission to walk home, we will expect an adult to collect every child. Thank you for your support with this so that we can ensure safety for all.