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Twydall Primary School

Twydall Primary School

Care, Courtesy, Commitment and
Consideration in our Community

Our School Day & Attendance

Attendance and Absence

Every school by law has to register pupils twice a day; one mark is given in the morning at the start of the school day, and the second is given in the afternoon.

What is the difference between Authorised and Unauthorised Absences?

Authorised Absences

If a pupil is absent due to a sickness and is genuinely unable to attend school, after being informed by a parent or carer the school may authorise a child’s absence. It is important that you telephone the school, report an absence on Parent Mail or come in to the office if your child is absent. Please do this before the start of the school day. You will receive an SMS message from the school if you do not inform us as it is our duty of care to ensure your child is safe. If we cannot make contact with you the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and further safeguarding action (such as a home visit) may be taken.

If your child’s attendance is below the schools minimum attendance target of 96%, we may require additional evidence such as an appointment card, a prescription, medical certificate, a prescriptive label from medication or receipt of medicine purchased.

If you are unable to get medical evidence please let the school know, or we recommend you call your GP and ask them to log your call so if the need arises this can be used as evidence at a later date.

Unauthorised Absences

Examples of unauthorised absence may be if your child does not attend because of:

  • · No contact from a parent or carer to give a reason for a child’s absence
  • · Going on holiday or travelling abroad
  • · Days off for birthdays, shopping trips and other activities
  • · Feeling tired
  • · Bad weather
  • · Head lice (these can be treated and return to school the same day)
  • · Non-urgent appointments
  • · If a parent is too ill to bring a child to school/or if a sibling is unwell
  • · Not providing medical evidence if requested (appointment card, prescription, hospital letter, receipt of medicine)

Please follow this link to the Medway Council website for more information on pupil absence. 


What the school can do for you.

Administer Medication

Sometimes our children have coughs and colds. They may not feel like their normal self, but they are probably well enough for school. If your child is a bit ‘under the weather’ we are here to make their time at school as comfortable as possible. As well as prescription medication we are also able to administer over the counter medicines and remedies. Just pop in to the office with the medication and complete a consent form and a member of staff will administer the medication as per your instructions.

Examples of medication

Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, antibiotics, cough sweets, allergy relief, ointments and creams, nasal sprays and eye drops. If there are any other medications your child may need, please contact the office, and we will be happy to help with your enquiry.

You can find our attendance policy HERE.

Our School Day

Foundation/Key Stage 1

The school opens at 8.35am and learning starts at 8.55am

School closes at 3.20pm.

Key Stage 2

The school opens at 8.40am and learning starts at 8.50am

School closes at 3.25pm.

Break 10.15am-10.30am

Lower school: Between 11.45am and 1.00pm

Upper School: 12.15pm - 1.05pm