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We at St Nicholas CE Primary School, take attendance very seriously. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will help your child later on in their life. As a parent or carer it is your responsibility to make every effort to ensure that your child achieves full attendance and attends school on a regular basis.


Please telephone the school office before 8.45am to inform us that your child will be absent due to illness on the first and every day of their absence. Alternatively, send an email to the school office at

Planned Absence

The school must be notified in advance of any planned absence. For medical and dental appointments, please write a note to your child’s teacher or telephone/email the school office. For all other planned absences, which may include music/dance courses or exams, visits to secondary schools and family events, you must complete a Leave of Absence request Form which is available from the carousel in School Reception or attached below.

Holidays During Term Time

All absences are closely monitored by the Education Welfare Officer at Wokingham Borough Council who communicates with the school on a regular basis.

We strongly discourage family holidays during term time and these will be unauthorised. A Leave of Absence Request Form must be completed in advance if such a holiday is necessary.

Please be aware that unauthorised holiday absence of 5 days or more can now result in the issuing of a Penalty Notice which carries a fine of £60 or if not paid after 21 days, the fine in doubled to £120 and court prosecution if unpaid after 28 days. Penalty Notices are served per parent, per child.

It is school policy not to provide homework for a child who is taken on holiday during term time.