Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

Late/Absence Procedures

Absences and late arrival

Absences from school 

If your child is not attending school you must inform the school office by 9am on the morning your child is absent from school.

Please ring on 01977 684037.

Listen to the menu and select option 1.

This can be done at any time 24/7


When leaving an absence message please include the following in the message.

  • The first and surname of your child
  • The class your child is in
  • The reason your child is not attending school


If we have not received a message from you by 9am office staff will begin to chase through texts and phone calls to find out why your child is absent from school. 

Late for school

If you are - for what ever reason running late - we would appreciate a phone call to inform us of the expected arrival time.

Please note the Highfield gate closes at 8:40am and there is no intercom at this gate.

The Rose Avenue gate does have an intercom for EYFS children.

Milford Road is the main gate and all late arrivals can access this way. 


COVID -19 information for educational settings


Staff, parents and children with COVID -19 Symptoms

New persistent cough and/or

High temperature and/or

Change in sense of smell or taste


Self-isolate and order a test for the individual with symptoms

NHS website

Or ring 119

if positive

if negative if inconclusive 
Notify school who in turn need to notify Public Health England relevant staff/children return to setting you must continue to self isolate and book a re test
Public Health England will advise on actions the school needs to take

However regardless of a negative test

if you are a contact of a positive test

you need to complete

14 days isolation regardless of you having a negative test in that time

School will notify families of what steps need to be taken    







Holidays in term time 2021-2022

No holidays in term time will be authorised in the academic year 2021/2022. This is due to the long period children were absent from school during lockdown, and the need for them to catch up. 

Collection from school