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Church Street North, Old Whittington, Chesterfield. S41 9QW

01246 450597

Mary Swanwick Community Primary School

Learn together; helping one another to achieve our best




Children need to be at school, on time, every day so that they can learn and make good progress.  If your child is absent for any reason, it is very important that school is notified by 9:00am on the first day of absence.


What if my child is ill?

If your child is poorly, please keep them at home until they are better. However, we do need them back at school as soon as possible, so rather than giving them an extra day  ‘ to make sure’, please send them in as soon as possible and we will contact you if we need to.  If your child is frequently absent due to illness, we will need to discuss the matter further and an appointment will be made for you to come in and see us.


What if my child has a medical appointment?

If at all possible, please make doctors and dentists appointments after school. If your child has to go to the doctor, dentist or hospital in school time, it is not acceptable for them to have the whole day off. Unless the appointment is first thing in the morning, children must come to school, be collected for their appointment, and then come back to school straight afterwards. Evidence is needed for all medical/dental appointments.


What if I am ill and cannot get my child to school?

This is not an acceptable reason for children to miss school. We encourage parents to make contact with other families nearby to help each other out when needed.


What happens in snowy weather?

If school is closed, all parents and carers will be informed by text message as well as an announcement on local radio. Otherwise, you should come to school as normal.


What if we oversleep and are late?

Please bring your child to school as soon as you can. Please note that action will be taken if children are missing out because of regular lateness.


What if we want to go on holiday?

Under education law, parents may request leave of absence for pupils from school due to exceptional circumstances. In line with DFE guidelines, it is the policy of the school and LA to discourage absence for holidays during term time. Recent Government Guidance states that schools should only consider granting holiday leave in exceptional circumstances and that holidays taken in term-time for the following reasons should not be authorised :-

  • Availability of cheap holidays

  • Availability of desired accommodation

  • Poor weather conditions in school holidays

  • Overlap with beginning/ end of term.

However, if parents still choose to take children out of school for a holiday, they must fill in a leave application form which will be considered against the above guidance. The Headteacher will respond with the decision of either authorised due to exceptional circumstances or unauthorised.

All unauthorised holiday leave taken must be submitted to the Education Welfare service and may result in a penalty notice.