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. There is an answerphone where you may leave a message if the office is closed.
  • 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.

Public Health England

The Department of Health has produced guidelines that schools follow with regards to illness of children in education and infection control.
Please click on the links below for further details:

Common illnesses and conditions in school

What should you do?
For more detailed information please click on the links above.

Infection or Complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school
Chicken Pox Until all vesicles have crusted over***
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting 48 hours from LAST episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Conjunctivitus None (Please speak to a GP or Pharmacist for drops to ease any pain/itchiness and then child can come into school)
Covid-19 Please see the latest advise on the schools ‘NEWS’ page
Flu Until recovered***
Hand, foot and mouth None
Head lice None (Treatment is recommended in cases where live lice have been seen)
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Rash Children with rashes should be considered infectious and be assessed by their doctor
Slapped cheek/fifth disease None (once rash has developed)***
Tonsillitis None (There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need and antibiotic)
Threadworms None (Treatment is recommended for the child and household contacts)
Warts and verrucae None (Verrucae should be covered)

*** Take further advice – ‘Vulnerable Children and Female Staff’