Attendance & Absences from School


If your child is absent from school due to illness, please ring the school office to inform us of the reason. We ask parents to avoid appointments during the school day whenever possible. If this is unavoidable please provide us details in writing.


A parent has no legal right to take their child out of school. If a parent/ carer wishes do this they must apply to the school for permission in advance. Permission will only be given if the school is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to justify any absence from school. Permission cannot be given after the event.

The law changed in September 2013, and schools can no longer give permission for holidays during term time unless exceptional circumstances can be shown. The occasions where permission will be given for holidays during term time will therefore be very limited. The schools will confirm the outcome of the request in writing and if permission is granted, the letter will state the number of days for which the student is allowed to be absent.

For any other absences please complete a Leave of Absence Request Form.


Attendance Policy

Term Time Absence Request Form For Exceptional Circumstances

 School attendance details

Welcome to Oakley Primary Academy

I would like to welcome you to Oakley Primary Academy. We are a friendly village school with exciting times ahead as we begin our journey of being part of the newly formed Meridian Trust. We work closely with all the schools within the Trust, as well as other schools and pre-schools in the local area. This enables us to share expertise, good practice and learn and move forward together. The close links we have with the pre-schools enable us to really get to know the pupils and their families before they join the Early Years.

We are proud to be a ‘Values School’. The values we teach are modelled by our staff members and through our teaching of the curriculum. We are a supportive and hardworking team, where all stakeholders are valued and listened to.

At Oakley Primary Academy we deliver the National Curriculum through a creative curriculum so that learning is creative, fun, and meaningful. There is a clear progression of knowledge in each subject to enable children to grow in all areas and be successful, not only academically, but in daily life.

We work very closely with the families of our school and acknowledge the importance of close home/school links.

We have an open-door policy and there is always someone available if you wish to talk.

I am extremely proud of our school and of all the hard work from our pupils, families, staff, and governors.

Please visit our website to find out more about Oakley Primary.

Sarah Litchfield