Attendance is mandatory for all children of school age. Children at St Lawrence’s do love school and, as such, attendance is usually excellent. We are usually very much in line with our target of 97.2%.

Attendance is constantly monitored and where children’s attendance is below target and becomes a cause for concern, it will be followed up by the school.

What do do if your child is ill.

Whilst we encourage good attendance here at St Lawrence’s, we understand that occasionally children will be too unwell to attend school.
In this instance:
    • We request that you telephone or email the school by 9.30am on the day that your child is to be absent.
    • We ask that you tell us why your child is not attending school and when they are likely to return.
    • If your child is absent from school for more than one day, we ask that you contact the school every day to confirm this.
Tel: 01926 812447 (there is an answerphone)
We follow the Public Health Agency guidance on infection control and for certain conditions we ask that children are kept away from school for a specific length of time. Details of specific conditions can be found here: Guidance on infection control in schools poster.


With regard to incidences of vomiting, we ask you to use your judgement as to whether the sickness is a one off episode or a vomiting illness.  As a guideline we would define a vomiting illness as being sick more than once in a 12 hour period.

If you’re unsure whether your child should be kept away from school or not, please contact the school office, who will be happy to advise.

Full details of our Attendance policy can be found here.


Term time holidays and Leave of Absence requests

The Government issued new regulations in September 2013 regarding Leave of Absence; The Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Regulations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

  • Head teachers shall not grant any Leave of Absence during term time unless they consider there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
  • Parents do not have any entitlement to take their children on holiday during term time.  Any application for leave must establish that there are exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
  • Head Teachers will determine how many school days a child may be absent from school if the leave is granted.
  • The school can only consider applications for Leave of Absence which are made by the resident parent. i.e the parent with whom the child normally resides.
  • Applications for Leave of Absence must be made in advance and failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as “unauthorised”. This may result in legal action against the parent, by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice.
  • Applications for Leave of Absence which are made in advance and refused will result in the absence being recorded as “unauthorised”. This may result in legal action against the parent, by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, if the child is absent from school during that period.
  • All matters of unauthorised absence relating to a Leave of Absence will be referred to the Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement Service of Warwickshire County Council.
  • The Attendance, Compliance and Enforcement Service have the authority to consider issuing Fixed Penalty Notices for Leave of Absence in line with the Warwickshire County Council’s Non-School Attendance and Penalty Notices Code of Conduct. (A copy of which can be found at
  • If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and is not paid within the timeframe set out in that Notice, the matter will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal prosecution proceedings under S444 of Education Act 1996. 
  • Each application for a Leave of Absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.

Leave of absence request forms are available from the school office, or can be found here.