Illness and Absence

Attendance /Absences

Any absence from school must be explained by a note or telephone call.  Where there are frequent absences, or where there is an obvious pattern of absence, the matter may be referred to the Local Authority. The Home/School Liaison Officer is kept fully informed about each absentee and maintains a close liaison with parents.

Pupils taking time off from school to accompany their parents on holiday is not a legal right in Scotland. Schools now have a statutory requirement to record the attendance rates and the number of authorised and unauthorised absence of pupils for all stages. Absences due to family holidays will be recorded as unauthorised.  Only under exceptional circumstances will holidays outwith the set dates be considered authorised and individual cases should be discussed with the Head Teacher.