If your son/daughter is too ill to attend school, please contact the school on 01434 602 533 (between 8.00am and 9.00am). When calling please provide as much information as possible including: the pupil’s full name, the nature of the illness, name of the person calling. Please remember, the school is responsible for authorising the absence, not parents, so there may be follow up calls from school staff.

Please provide a note when your son/daughter returns to school. This should be given to their form teacher.

We aim to contact all parents of pupils on the first day of absence if no contact has been made.

Please try to make appointments for the dentist and doctor out of school hours.


For information on requesting leave of absence during term time, see the Leave During Term Time section of the website.


Arrangements in case of accidents or sickness

A pupil involved in an accident or feeling unwell will be dealt with by a member of staff with appropriate training. The school will deal with minor complaints, but, if necessary, pupils will be referred to Hexham General Hospital. Parents/carers will be contacted as soon as possible should the child need further treatment or need to be returned home. It is therefore essential that we have up to date contact numbers. We will make every effort to act as caring parents in these matters. Should there be any doubt as to the seriousness of any complaint we will err on the side of caution.

Parents/carers should be aware that we are unable to administer any medicines at school. Should a child be required to take medication during the school day (i.e. medicine needs to be taken on more than three occasions each day), medications should be sent in to the school office on arrival. The child may then take the medication under supervision. Pupils should retain any inhalers for asthma on their person at all times.