It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to explain a child’s absence from school. Parents are expected to inform the school on the first morning of a child’s sickness absence, preferably by 9.10am. The school is required to keep attendance records. The total number of absences will be recorded on your child's annual report. This report will also indicate whether or not they are "authorised" by the Headteacher. Parents are encouraged to take annual holidays during school holidays and in line with Somerset County policy; requests for holidays within term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. A Holiday Request Form should be completed and returned to the school office.