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Lockyer's Middle School

Reporting Absence

All absences from school must be explained in writing by a child's parent/carer.  If your child is absent from school, the school office should be contacted via telephone before 9.00 am on 01202 692779 (an answer phone facility is available) and a letter confirming absence should be handed to a child's class teacher upon return to school.  Alternatively you can use our dedicated email address absence@lockyersmid.dorset.sch.uk to report your child absent.

The school office will contact home to explore all unexplained absences as soon as it is possible each morning.

If your child is absent from school for a prolonged period of time, we would encourage you to remain in regular contact with the school until your child's return.

Notes are required if parents wish their child to be excused from PE/Games.

If your child is taken ill or injured whilst at school, first aid will be given and you will be contacted if it is felt that the child should go home.  In more serious cases, the child will be taken to hospital.  It is essential that we have up to date emergency telephone numbers via which a parent may be contacted.  

Parents are reminded that under Government regulations the only official reasons for absence are illness, visits for medical treatment and special leave in extenuating circumstances.

Regular attendance at school will have a positive impact upon your child's academic and social development.  Attendance is regularly monitored and parents of pupils who fail to attend school regularly will be written to in the first instance.  Further action will be taken if poor attendance at school continues.

For more information about the importance of attendance and the attendance process, please see the document below.