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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Leave of Absence

If your child is unwell or will be absent at short notice please telephone the school on 0208 575 8222 by 9.30 am at the latest.

If you know a student may be absent for any reason (e.g. funeral) you must complete a Leave of Absence form available below and return it to Ms Johnson prior to the absence. If you have any difficulty downloading this form please contact Ms Johnson on 0208 575 8222. Please read the following information carefully before submitting your form.

Parents/Carers should be aware that there have been a number of amendments to the School Attendance Policy following Department of Children, Families and Schools (DCFS) guidance. Parents/Carers are now required to complete a Leave of Absence request form. It should be noted that Leave of Absence will not be authorised for family holidays. Approval is discretionary and only in exceptional circumstances.

Whilst we acknowledge the pressures families are under during exceptional circumstances, it is important to consider that the Department of Children, Families and Schools (DCFS) research suggests a strong link between academic achievement and good attendance.