The fullest attendance possible is essential as learning can only take place if the child is in school. Where a child needs to be absent due to illness, parents should either ring the school and leave a voicemail (0115 9729421) or email attendance@wilsthorpe.derbyshire.sch.uk.

Where absence for a medical appointment is known about in advance it would be helpful if the parent would notify the school in advance by telephone, email or note in the student’s Journal. Where a child is absent from school without explanation, the policy of the school is that we will telephone the parent on the morning of the absence.

Wherever possible, please arrange routine medical appointments e.g. dental check-ups, outside normal school hours.

Derbyshire County Council has published advice on penalty notices payable by parents and carers for failure to ensure regular attendance.


Term dates and school holidays are published by Derbyshire County Council.

There is clear evidence from the previous 3 years within Wilsthorpe School alone that attendance has a direct impact on Achievement. Please see table below:

​Term dates and school holidays are published by Derbyshire County Council


In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteacher should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.


If parents feel that there are mitigating or exceptional circumstances relating to a term time holiday request, they need to write to Mrs Scott at school, with full details for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.


The current fixed penalty is £60 per parent per child per holiday. This figure doubles if the penalty is not paid within 21 days.


For example, if two parents take 3 children out of school for a holiday, the fixed penalty will be:

£60 x 2 (parents) X 3 (children) = £360, doubling to £720 if not paid within 21 days