Sickness - Is my child too sick for school?

Common Conditions

If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.

If your child has a cough or a cold, we still expect your child to be attending school. When dropping off your child, please inform their child's teacher of your worries. Please be assured, staff will look after your child and will contact parents if they are concerned in anyway. Please do not tell your child to tell an adult and you will come and pick them up.

Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

Click on the image to see how best to support your child and their illness:

At times, children do need to be kept off school for certain conditions. Here is a poster explaining how long children are to be kept off school for. Click here


Tell the school

It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child's illness, telephone the school to tell them that your child will be staying at home (0118 9755771). The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.

If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this.