Totternhoe C.E. Academy

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Attendance/Absence/Late Procedures

Absence Reporting Facilities


Telephone: School Office on 01582 662959

Email: Totternhoe Office


Unexpected Absences from School

Should your child be too unwell to attend school, please contact the school office on the details above to report their absence, before 9.30am.


Expected Absences from School

Should you know in advance that your child will not be present on a school day (e.g. medical appointments, family holidays) please inform the school office at your earliest convenience.


Medical Appointments: Please provide the school office with a copy of the appointment letter and provide all the details of the absence. For example, the time and date of the appointment, where the appointment is, what time your child will be collected and/or returned to school).


Planned Absences, such as holidays: Please contact the school office for a copy of the Application for Leave of Absence for Exceptional Circumstances form. This is to be completed by the parent and returned to the school office in advance of the absence.

PLEASE NOTE: Holidays will not be approved and will be recorded as unauthorised. The only exception to this would be if your child is not yet of statutory school age at the time of the absence.



Any time your child arrives for school after 9am they will be recorded as late. Should the lateness exceed 9.10am this will be recorded as "late after register closes" and is recorded as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.

Should you need to report a lateness, please do so by contacting the school office on the contact details above.