Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

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Absence Procedures

We have very high expectations of children’s attendance at Holy Family. We strive for 100% attendance and expect no less than 97%.

 Please contact the school office by 9 am if your child is absent from school either by telephone (01302 841283) or complete the online form (click here)

Please see below our attendance procedures


  • If your child is taking prescribed medication then a member of staff will administer the medication in line with our Medicines in School policy. Please hand prescribed medication in at the school office and complete the appropriate form.
  • Parents have permission to visit school during the day to administer non-prescribed medicines to their children
  • If your child is too ill to be in school then we ask that you notify the school by 9 am that morning. Please advise us of the reason for absence and the expected date of return.
  • Senior Management may visit any child who is absent from school.
  • If your child is absent from school for 5 days or longer then please provide medical evidence ie. An appointment card, indicating the reason for absence.
  • Please arrange all appointments outside of the school day where possible. If an appointment during the school day is unavoidable, please note that we expect your child to attend school before and after the appointment. A full day absence will not be authorised for a medical appointment.


We do not authorise any holiday during term time unless it is classed as an ‘Exceptional Circumstance’. An Education Penalty Notice may be issued by the Local Authority to each parent/Carer for each child if this is not adhered to. Please note that the Doncaster Local Authority attendance guidance defines a parent/carer as:


  • All natural parents, whether they are married or not
  • Any person who, although they are not as natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in the Children Act 1989) for a child or young person
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person with whom the child lives and who looks after a child, irrespective of their relationship with the child
  • Any person who has care of a child or young person i.e. lives with and looks after a child


If you do not notify us but we have evidence that your child has been on holiday an Education Penalty Notice may still be issued


Holy Family Catholic Primary School shares the Government’s determination to raise the levels of pupil attendance at school because we want to provide the best possible outcomes for all our children.


If you are experiencing any difficulty with your child’s attendance then please contact us immediately.