Call: 01299 270 313

For more information or support please contact Mrs Mountjoy on 01299 270313 or

We encourage all children to have excellent attendance at Cleobury Mortimer Primary School.

Regular school attendance brings enormous benefits to individual pupils, their families, schools and the community as a whole. Without regular attendance, levels of attainment suffer and opportunities are missed to obtain maximum benefit from education.

Persistent absence and lateness will affect a child’s achievement and progress in school. Comprehensive research shows that there is a direct link between a child’s level of school attendance and their level of school attainment.

As a parent it is your legal responsibility to ensure your child receives a suitable full-time education. It is your responsibility that your child attends school each day and is on time.

Understanding types of absence:

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason such as illness, medical appointments and emergencies.

An absence is classified as unauthorised if the reason is not recognised as acceptable. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as what is acceptable and what is not. Families with regular unauthorised absence will be monitored by the attendance team and Education Welfare Officer (EWO).

Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:

  • A birthday.

  • A shopping trip/Day trips.

  • Brother or sister is ill so all children in the family stay off school.

  • Not having uniform ready to wear or can’t find shoes/coat etc

  • Holidays – unless have been agreed as exceptional circumstances (see Exceptional Leave Tab for further information).

Let school know if your child is going to be absent:

If your child has a medical appointment or is considered too ill to attend school due to a minor illness you must: 

  • Contact the School Office (01299 270313) as soon as possible but no later than 9:30am, informing them of the reason for your child’s absence and how long you expect them to be absent.

  • Every ½ day absence from school, by law, has to be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of absence is always asked for. We will also ask for proof of medical appointments i.e. medical appointment card, medical note from the doctor or proof of prescription.

  • If your child's attendance is below 93% then it will be reviewed by the attendance team: you may receive a letter or be asked to attend a meeting to discuss your child’s attendance.

If you are unsure whether to keep your child off school, please talk to the School Office or the attendance team for advice. Or you can visit the NHS Website links below.

Infectious illnesses in children

NHS Guide to Childhood Illnesses

Self-Care Guide to Childhood Illnesses


Our Attendance Champion is Mrs Mountjoy.