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, which can be downloaded below or collected from the office.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Welcome to Oakley Primary Academy

On behalf of the governors, the staff, pupils I would like to welcome you to Oakley Primary Academy. We are friendly village school with exciting times ahead as we begin our journey of being a full primary school this year. We are a member of the Sharnbrook Academy Federation and work closely with all of the schools within the Federation, 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 all of the team 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 skills in each subject to enable children to grow in all areas and be successful, not only in key assessments, 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, PTA and governors.

If you would like any further information about our school please make contact via the details on this website.


Sarah Litchfield