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At Boughton-under-Blean & Dunkirk Methodist Primary School, we recognise the positive link between regular attendance, punctuality and high academic achievement.  We want all of our children to achieve their full academic potential and we believe this is only possible if they attend school regularly and on time.

Generally children whose attendance is 95% or above:

  • make better progress, both socially and academically
  • find it easier to follow school routines
  • have an easier transfer to secondary school. 

Sickness Absence

If your child is unwell you should telephone the school absence line on 01227 751431.

If we have not received a message that your child is absent, a member of staff will telephone you to find out where your child is.  This is for your child’s safety and to ensure that we know they are safe, so please be understanding if you receive a call from us.

If you are not sure how long your child should be absent from school due to illness, the document below will provide a guide for you.

Is my child too ill for school? - NHS (

Absence During Term Time

The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. Permission must be sought in advance and must be for ‘exceptional circumstances’.  Absence from school will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. When deciding whether to allow term time leave, for any reason, the school will only consider:

  • the reason for the leave, including
    • if the absence is unavoidable,
    • and, beyond the control and/or decision making of parents;
  • the time and duration of the leave;
  • whether or not the leave could have been taken during the statutory school holiday periods;
  • child’s record of attendance;
  • learning that will be missed.

For further information please see our Attendance Policy below.


Boughton–under–Blean & Dunkirk Primary School is committed to the principles and procedures of safeguarding pupils.

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