Quick Links

Useful Links

Therfield School


Unexpected Absence

Parents/Carers should let the school know as soon as possible if their child is going to be absent for any part of a school day.


Our preferred method for reporting absence is through Studybugs and reports of absence can be made at any time using this method. We are also able to reply to messages using Studybugs so will be able to contact you much more conveniently.


If you haven’t already, please get the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child’s ill and unable to attend school.


Get the app or register now (https://studybugs.com/about/parents)


Top 3 reasons to use Studybugs

1. It’s integrated with our systems so we know right away if your child is unaccounted for.

2. It’s quick and easy to register and use and automatically reminds you to keep us posted.

3. You’ll be helping the NHS and other public health organisations improve children’s health. (https://studybugs.com/about/schools)


If it is an emergency and you need to speak to someone at the school, please call 01372818123.

Planned Absence

Holidays during term time will not be authorised unless under exceptional circumstances, and we strongly recommend that you do not book time away during term time. The Attendance Policy and Request forms for leave of absence in exceptional circumstances can be accessed via the links below.


Application for Leave of Absence

Please find below a link to the application for leave of absence. Please note that this may take 3 weeks to process.

Leave of Absence Form

Student Attendance Policy

Please find below a link to the Student Attendance Policy.

Attendance Policy

The Department for Education guidance for attendance says:

Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

The government expects:

  • Schools and local authorities to:
    • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
    • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled;
    • Act early to address patterns of absence
    • Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly
    • All pupils to be punctual to their lessons

The staff at Therfield are committed, in partnership with the parents/carers, students, governors and the Local Authority, to building a school which serves the community and of which the community is proud. We also remain committed to our overarching aim – ‘The Best for All’. To this end, all pupils are expected to attend school 100% of the time unless the absence is authorised by the Headteacher.