Fishtoft Academy actively promotes and rewards good attendance so please make sure your child attends regularly and on time.  The school is open from 8.40 a.m. each morning so children can enter before registration at 8.55 a.m.  Time missed from school may affect test results and children may find work more difficult when they return.  Younger children may also find it hard to socialise with their classmates.

Parents are requested to ring the school to report their child absence by 9.00am on 01205 363139.  You only need to ring school once on the first day of absence.  If your child is absent and we have not received a message you will be called by a member of staff in the office.  If you do not contact school then you will need to send in a written note when your child returns to school explaining the reason for absence.  If no contact is made with the school, please be aware that a home visit may be made by our Education Welfare Officer.

Medicines – if your child is prescribed medicine by the doctor then the following rules apply:

  • Medicine prescribed 3 times per day WILL NOT be given by staff. Parents can give the prescribed dosage morning, after school and bed time.
  • Medicine prescribe 4 times per day WILL be given by a member of the administration staff but parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.

For safety reasons, no children should be bringing medicines or tablets to school in their lunch boxes.  Generally we would expect a child to have no more than 48 hours off school if they are given medication from the doctor unless absolutely necessary.  Any child suffering from diarrhea and /or sickness should also be kept off school for 48 hours.


Government regulations introduced in September 2013 states that pupils should not be taken on holiday during term time.  The law states that parents do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time. Any absence may now only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. The decision rests with the Executive Headteacher and Federation Educational Welfare Officer.  Should you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances during term time, an appointment will need to be made with the Education Welfare Officer and you should contact the school office in the first instance. Absence could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine being issued under Section 444(B) of the Education Act 1996.