At Richard Hale School we expect students to attend every day. There is a clear link between attendance at school and achievement and by working together we can ensure that your child achieves the best possible outcomes and experience.

We monitor attendance very closely. Our attendance processes and thresholds can be found in the attendance policy.

We do understand that occasionally a student may not be able to attend school due to illness. If this is the case the following procedure must be followed.


Absence from School


If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please follow the following guidance.

Parents should ring the school office on the first day of absence and inform us of the reason for the absence.

When your child returns to school parents must inform us in writing of the reasons why the child has been ill. Please email Mrs Marshall, the school attendance officer at so that this can be recorded appropriately.

If further information is required, we will request this from you. If students are repeatedly absent through illness we will follow the attendance policy and work with you to address this so that your child attends school regularly.


For COVID-19 illness please follow the procedure above. If your child has any of the symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Students should remain at home and arrange for a PCR test. They should remain at home until they have the outcome of the result. If it is positive they should follow the advice and guidance of the Government and isolate. This would be for 10 days from when they first experienced symptoms.


Government advice has recently changed for close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to take a PCR test. Close contacts will no longer have to isolate if they are under 18 Years and 6 months old, have had a double vaccination or are exempt from receiving a vaccination.


Leave from School


We only authorise leave from school in exceptional circumstances. A parent wishing to take a student out of school for any reason must apply in writing to the Headteacher, stating the purpose of the absence and the duration of it. The request will be responded to in writing.


Holidays in Term Time


We do not authorise any holidays in term time.