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Is my child too ill for school? - NHS Guidance

Attendance reporting information for parents


The following information is provided to all parents when their child joins the school. It outlines the school’s expectations on attendance, absences, and punctuality, as well as providing details on the timings of the school day.


At Darwen Vale High School all of our pupils must have high level of attendance. It is clear that for pupils to reach their full potential they should rarely miss a day at school. Attendance is also a safeguarding matter and poor attendance may be an indicator that a pupil’s welfare is at risk.


We are also here to support parents and carers to perform their legal duty in ensuring that their children of compulsory school age attend school regularly and on time. To do this we ask that parents and carers adhere to the following protocols:



Arriving to school on time is important so as to allow all pupils to have a settled start to the day. Arriving late to school can often be disruptive to the pupil, as well as their teacher and their peers. Below are the timings of the school day:

Time all students should be on site
8:45am - 9:10am
Registration/Tutor Time
9:10am - 10:10am
Period 1
10:10am - 11:10am
Period 2
11:10am - 11:30am
Period 3
11:30am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Period 4
1:30pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Period 5
End of School Day
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Period 6 (Years 10 & 11 – Mon / Tue / Thurs)


Arriving at school


On arrival pupils should assemble at the following areas:


Year 7 – STEM Garden

Year 8 – STEM Garden

Year 9 – Amphitheatre

Year 10 - Amphitheatre

Year 11 - PEACE Garden




Pupils and students are late to school if they arrive after 8.45am If a pupil is late to school they will receive a late registration mark, and the following process will need to be followed:


  • All pupils must sign in at the Attendance Office.


Once they have signed in they will then either be escorted to class, or asked to make their own way there.


If a pupil is late due to them attending an appointment, evidence of this should be provided at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment. If this is not possible, then the pupil or student should bring the appointment letter or card with them and hand this into the Attendance Office.


We encourage parents and carers to make medical and dental appointments out of school hours where possible. Where this is not possible, the pupil should be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary. Where there are siblings who also attend the school, parent/carers must ensure that their other child/ren attend school on time on the morning of the appointment.



Parents and carers must notify the school on the first day of an unplanned absence – for example, if your child is unable to attend due to ill health – and this must be done in the following way:


  • Parent/carer must contact school by 8.45am on the first day of absence, and the following phone number should be used 01254 223000.

  • Parent/carer is to provide details for the reasons for their child’s absence.

  • The member of staff taking the call will inform the parent/carer that they will need to contact the school every day by 8.45am for the duration that their child will be absent.

  • Upon the pupil’s return to school, parent / carers will provide the school with any relevant medical evidence for the absence.

End of the school day


The school day ends at 3.00pm and the expectation is that pupils leave the site by the nearest exit.

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