We believe in giving every child in our care the widest educational opportunities in order for them to be happy and successful citizens. Attending school on time every day is very important for the following reasons:

  • For pupils to build on prior learning and not have gaps in learning
  • For pupils to feel that they are fully included and have access to all areas of learning
  • For pupils to develop strong friendships and good relationships
  • For pupils to develop good habits which will stand them in good stead in the future
  • It is the legal responsibility for a child’s parent or carer to ensure that they attend school on time, every day

It is important that you inform the school office as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend school for any reason.

Children are expected by the Local Authority and Government to attend school everyday unless they are ill.

It is your responsibility to inform the school if your child is not attending for any reason. You can either come directly to the school office on the morning of the first day of absence, send in a note via one of your other children or telephone school before 9.00 and leave a message on the school answer phone stating your child's full name, class and reason for absence.

Absence will only be authorised if your child is ill. All other absences are unauthorised.

All routine doctors and dentists' appointments (including check-ups and treatments) need to be made after school or during school holidays.

Emergency appointments such as attending hospital or specialist clinics will only be authorised on the production of an appointment letter or card for half-a-day and must be brought into school at least the day before the appointment - if the appointment is part-way through the morning or afternoon your child is expected to come into school beforehand and return as soon as the appointment finishes.

Holidays During Term Time

Cayley Primary School has adopted the Tower Hamlets policy regarding holidays in term time which means we will not authorise any holidays during this time.

This could mean that should you decide to take your child on holiday during term time they could lose their school place. You could also be fined as we have adopted the Tower Hamlets Penalty Notice Scheme.

Leave of Absence During Term Time

We follow Tower Hamlets policy and accordingly no leave will be authorised and there is a high risk of your child losing their place the school. You are expected to make arrangements for all holidays during the thirteen weeks of school holiday each year.

You must book an appointment with the Headteacher and the Attendance and Welfare Advisor (Local Authority) before you book tickets.

To book an appointment please call the office.

Criteria for Referral to the Attendance and Welfare Service

  • 10 consecutive days of unauthorised absence.
  • five sessions of unauthorised absence in a five week period (primary).
  • 15 late marks L in a five week period.
  • 15 sessions of authorised absence in a five-week period with no medical certificate received.
  • Failure to return to school following a fixed term exclusion.
  •  Pupils known to have returned from extended leave where an application for re-admission has not been received.