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Heacham Junior School


Absence and Attendance:

All schools must now distinguish in their attendance registers between authorised and unauthorised pupil absence.  We ask our families to contact us for each day that they are absent, not just the first day they are away from school. We have a dedicated Pupil Absence Option on our telephone system. 
When your child returns following an illness, please supply a note.  We will endeavour to contact you on your child’s first day of absence if we have not heard from you.

Should your child require medical treatment during the school day, please let the teacher know in advance. Wherever possible please arrange such appointments out of school time. Please contact the Headteacher in advance should your child need to be absent from school for any other reason. 

Is my child too ill to come to school?

It can be tricky deciding whether to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell. The NHS have drawn up a guide to help - to view click here.

Attendance recorded in the academic year 2018/19

Attendance: 95.48%

Our attendance target for 2019/2020: 97%

Attendance recorded in the academic year 2019-2020

DfE has laid regulations to remove the requirement to report pupils’ attendance data for the 2019/20 academic year, in recognition of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the possible attendance.  


We are not able to authorise any pupil holidays within term time. If children are taken out of school parents may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, this is a fine of £60 per parent per child which is payable within 28 days.

Leave of Absence Form 

Guidance for Parents

Please click on the links below to view the latest letters published by Heacham Junior School regarding absence and attendance at school:

Attendance at School and Legal Intervention - 2023

Pupil Absence - Safeguarding Responsibilities 

NCC FPN Information for Parents 

Working Together to Improve School Attendance