Attendance And Absence

We believe that good attendance is not simply a legal requirement but essential. Through regular attendance children can take full advantage of all that school offers and gain the educational and social skills necessary for life.

Good attendance at school is important for children’s education and establishes a positive working ethos early in life. It is essential that the school is informed of the reasons for absence. Under current government legislation, unauthorised absence is regarded as truancy; all absence figures have to be reported to the council and the Department for Education and are recorded on a child’s annual report.

It is also important that your child arrives on time for school, as the start of the day establishes the learning activities for the day. Lateness is recorded in the register. We are legally bound to register a pupil’s attendance at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session.

Registers are closed at 9.05am and any child arriving after this time is marked with an unauthorised absence for the morning session.


What You Are Responsible For

  • Making sure your child comes to school on time every day to enable them to receive their entitlement to learn, unless prevented by illness or medical appointment
  • Letting the school know as soon as possible why a child is away
  • Sending in a note for absence on return
  • Talking to the school as soon as possible about any child’s reluctance to come to school so that problems can be quickly identified and dealt with


Read the full Attendance Policy.

CCIA Attendance Policy 2021

Abesence Reporting

There is no longer an option to report a child’s absence via telephone.  We ask that you use the google forms below to report absence.

We do not authorise holidays during term time. If your child is going to be off school due to an exceptional circumstance, then please complete this form:

Request for Exceptional Absence form in advance for future appointments and exception absence. 

Cheam Common Infants' Absence Form for sickness and same day medical appointments.