Children are expected to attend school every day, where possible, for 190 days of the year.  School holiday patterns are published well in advance and are on the school website (, enabling all families to be aware of when their children should be in school.

If your child is unwell, or cannot attend school for any other valid reason, we ask that you telephone us to let us know before 8.30am if possible so that we can authorise the absence.  There is an answer machine available at all times to take your message.

The registers are checked after morning registration.  If a child is found to be absent and the parent/carer has not contacted us with a reason for the absence, we will try to contact them. We need to speak to the parent/carer as soon as possible to check the whereabouts of their child – this is part of our safeguarding duty. It is very important that you keep us updated with your contact details so that we can get in touch with you easily and quickly.

We cannot authorise a child’s absence unless a valid reason is given. 

Examples of authorised absences: illness, emergency/urgent medical appointments, recognised religious observance 

We will monitor each child’s absence record carefully.  If we notice patterns such as frequent absences on Mondays/Fridays, or overall low attendance, we will contact you to investigate the matter further.   

Legally, parents/carers have the responsibility to ensure their child’s regular attendance at the school where they are registered as a pupil.  Failure to do so may lead to a fixed penalty notice.  Each such penalty notice incurs a fine of £120 to be paid within 28 days, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days of the notice being served.  Failure to pay a penalty notice may result in further statutory action being taken against you.

If you are experiencing any attendance related problems, including lateness, or there are issues affecting your child that make him/her reluctant to come to school, please come in and speak in confidence to Mrs Berisford or Mrs Taylor so that we can start to address the problem together.

The school phone number is 0161 445 1815, please choose option 1 and leave a message.  Please leave your name, the child's name and give a specific reason for absence.

Please see the Cavendish School Attendance Policy below for more information. 

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