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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400


Parents are legally responsible for sending their children to school and regular attendance is critical if children are to gain the maximum benefit from the education we provide. From September 2013, the law relating to school attendance became much tougher and the amendment to the 2006 Regulations state that

"Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances"

At Parley School we strictly follow this guidance and further details can be found within our Registration and Attendance Policy.

Please could you:

  • Send your child to school punctually every day, unless they are genuinely ill.
  • Avoid taking your child out of school for holidays.

Our school actively supports regular attendance: absences and lateness are carefully monitored by the Headteacher and the school governors. Individual attendance rates are reported to parents annually, along with your child’s written report.


What to do if your child is ill:

  • Telephone the school office on 01202 874400 on the first day of absence to explain why your child is away from school
  • Keep school informed if the absence is more than two or three days
  • Please bring a note on your child’s return to school. Verbal messages via the children are not sufficient. Unexplained absences are always classed as unauthorised absences.

Requests for Absence During Term Time

Families should plan to have their annual family holiday during school holidays. Any requests for absence during term time must be made in writing at least 2 weeks before and proposed time away so that the headteacher can consult with governors if necessary to determine whether the circumstances of the request are considered to be "exceptional".

Link to Registration and Attendance Policy

 Link to Attendance Letter sent from School Pyramid Group