Brill School is committed to ensuring that your children receive the best possible education to prepare them for the next stage of their lives.  Children should have an attendance of 96% and above.  For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks!

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Absence Procedure 

If your child is unwell and requires time off school please telephone the school office by 8.30am or leave a message on the absence line on every day of the absence.  If your child has a bout of sickness or diarrhoea they must not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode. 

Please see the useful NHS links below for more advice.

Requests for absence due to family holidays must be requested by emailing our Headteacher directly at and please copy the office in by emailing Authorised leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

No holiday leave is granted as authorised. 

NHS Advice Links

Late Arrivals

The pedestrian gate is closed at 8:30, all children are expected to be in their classrooms ready for registration by this time.

If your child arrives after their 8:20 – 8:30 drop off time, please buzz and notify the office.  A member of staff will collect your child and bring them in.

Brill School’s Attendance Statement

Brill C of E School is committed to achieving excellent levels of attendance for individual children. Underpinning the commitment is the belief that if children attend school regularly and punctually they will be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and achieve their full potential. Parents are responsible in law, for ensuring that their children of compulsory school age receive an efficient education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs that they may have. Most parents fulfil this responsibility by registering their children at school. Parents whose children are registered at a school are responsible for ensuring that their children attend and stay at school. 

Parents should: 

  • Ensure that their children arrive at school on time and ready to learn. 
  • Instil in their children an appreciation of the importance of attending school regularly.
  • Take an active interest in their children’s school to resolve issues which may lead to non-attendance. 
  • Work in partnership with Brill C of E School to resolve issues which may lead to non-attendance. 
  • Notify the school is your child/children are absent. This should be done by 8:30am on the first day of absence. An explanation of the absence and in some circumstances evidence of the illness/issue/doctors visit when the child returns to school. 
  • Ensure that if a child has vomited and/or has diarrhoea they need to be absent from school for 48 hours from the last episode. 
  • Not arrange medical/dental appointments in school time. 
  • Not book holidays during term time.

The target for our school is 96% attendance. If your child’s attendance falls below this, a meeting may be organised with the Head Teacher to organise an improving attendance plan. If attendance does not improve with the support and involvement of the school you may referred to the Local Authority which may lead in you being taken to court or made to pay a fixed fine penalty. The Governors and Headteacher are unable to authorise any holiday during term time unless there are exceptional reasons, as it is very disruptive both academically and socially. Taking annual holiday in term time, in addition to any time lost through illness, has a huge impact to your child’s learning. If an absence is not agreed this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. For further information regarding attendance or term time holidays please follow the link below to our policies where you will find the Attendance policy.

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