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At Cranfield Academy, we truly believe that every school day counts towards your child's future. Days off school add up to lost enjoyment, achievement and learning. We appreciate it when families use the 175 non-school days a year for time together, family visits, holidays, days out and routine appointments where possible.

Good attendance is important because:


If your child is absent from school it is very important that you let us know the reason for absence as soon as possible. As a security measure we ask parents to telephone the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. If no message is received by closure of registration a member of the office staff will telephone to ascertain why the child has not arrived at school. Regular and punctual attendance is an important part of a child’s educational development and our high attendance figures are a result of strong parental support and rigorous procedures to ensure its monitoring.

Please see below a flowchart detailing the actions we follow for attendance falling below 93%:

If your child is unwell at school or has an accident we shall inform you as soon as possible, therefore it is important that we have a telephone number on which we may contact you during the day.

If your child has an appointment during the school day, a member of the school office team and/or the Class Teacher should be informed by letter or by a phone call in advance of the absence. The child will need to be collected from and returned to the school reception area where a note will be made of the time the child left and entered the school. This is necessary to ensure the safety of your child at all times.

If your child returns to school before completing a course of prescribed medication this can be handed in to the school office for administering.


Where possible parents are encouraged to take family holidays during the scheduled school holiday periods in order to cause the least amount of disruption to their child’s education and attendance.

However, we do understand that there are exceptional circumstances when this may not be possible and in such circumstances we ask that a Request for Holiday in School Time form be filled out and submitted to the school office well in advance. Our Headteacher, Mrs Farbon, will then look to authorise the request based on your child’s attendance record so far.

There is no formal definition offered for exceptional circumstances, at present, by the Department for Education (DfE). From discussion with the DfE and professional associations, however, it is suggested that exceptional leave would be:


As we similarly encourage excellent attendance, so too do we consider punctuality as significant to your child's learning, in addition to developing a necessary life skill.