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Reporting Absence 


If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school office before 9.00am on 0117 3772610 option 1 and leave a short message to explain the reason for their absence. Please repeat on each day of absence. 

Alternatively you can email absence@cothamgardens.co.uk


Diarrhoea and / or vomiting:

Children who have had an episode of diarrhoea and / or vomiting MUST NOT return to school until 48 hours after the last episode has passed. Your child will be marked absent for the full 48 hours and you will not need to report their absence on the 2nd day of illness. 


Medical Appointments:

Medical appointments should be taken out of school hours. If an appointment is required during school hours, please inform the school office and bring in the appointment letter, reminder text or appointment card to be checked.


Absence Requests:

Leave of absence for holidays will not be authorised nor will any other request for absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a parent wishes to request a period of absence, they are required to complete the Request for Leave of Absence Form at least 2 weeks in advance. 



Please ensure your child arrives on time for school. Any child arriving after 9am should be signed in late via the screens in the school office entrance and handed over to a member of staff to take to their classroom. If your child arrives after 9.30am, the morning session will be marked as unauthorised. 


Penalty Notices:

Please be aware that Cotham Gardens Primary School operates using Bristol City Council’s Penalty Notice system to help improve attendance at school. This includes late arrival for school. More information can be found in our Attendance Policy.