Unauthorised absences include:
- minding the house
- looking after siblings or parents
- going shopping
- celebrating a birthday
- arriving late for school
- going on a day trip without the school's permission
Schools follow up all absences, so you may receive a telephone call to check where your child is.
Authorised absence may include illness or days of religious observance. Leave may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Only the headteacher can authorise your child's absence from school.