Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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Our Value for this half term is Resilience.



The school day begins at 8:50 a.m. if you child arrives to school after this time , please ensure they enter the building at the main office to make sure they are marked present in the register, anytime after 0900  will be recorded as late. 




We appreciate that appointments are needed and can not be avoided; we do, however ask that appointments, where possible, are made out of school time or during the school holidays.

Any appointments made during school time will need to be accompanied by proof of appointment.




Children need to be in school, research has proven that children who have significantly lower attendance find it harder to make sustained progress in school. 



Unfortunately holiday requests will not be authorised unless deemed an exceptional circumstance by the Headteacher, Mrs Sowerby. Honesty is always the best policy and so please complete a holiday request form, available at the bottom of this page or request one from the school office.  If a holiday request form is not completed and your child is absent then a home visit may be conducted.


If the leave of absence has not been authorised by the Headteacher,  the information will be submitted to the Education Inclusion Service who may issue a Penalty Notice or take other legal intervention.  Penalty Notices were introduced as an alternative to prosecution but if they fail to act as a future deterrent, prosecution may be considered, rather than a further Penalty.


  • If paid within 21 days the Penalty Notice is £60 per parent or carer, per child

  • If paid after 21 days but within 28 days the Penalty Notice increases to £120 per parent or carer, per child

  • If the Penalty Notice remains unpaid after 28 days this will result in prosecution






Children get poorly, we understand that.

If your child is ill, please contact the office to notify Mrs Burrows first thing in the morning. 

If you are unsure if your child can be at school please see the guidance from Public Health Agency with advice on various illnesses and condition, the link for which is below,

or contact the school for advice.


Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings - Public Health Agency


Here are a couple of really common conditions:-



National attendance figures are around 96%, school closely monitors every child's attendance, if we notice that their attendance is dipping, Mrs Sowerby will have in informal phone call or meeting to see if the school can do anything to support. Our priority is for children to be in school and honest conversations are often the best way forward to support this.



Guidance on late and absence procedures can be found in the Attendance Policy.


Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings

Leave of Absence during Term Time Request Form