Sickness Absence

If your child is in contact with an infectious illness we request that you notify us immediately. The School reserves the right to ask for his/her absence in such circumstances.

As with any absence, in cases of mild, non-infectious illness, it is essential that you telephone or email ( or the School Office on the first morning of absence with brief details. If you have not communicated with school, the Secretary at Byron House or Senior House will contact parents of an absent child during the morning (please see Registration & Attendance, Signing In and Signing Out).

Please contact the Secretary at Byron House or Senior House by telephone, email or in person, explaining your child’s absence, on the day of her or his return. A request to be ‘Off-Games’ should be addressed by email to the Form Teacher at Byron House or to the School Nurse at Senior House, copied to the Byron House or Senior House Secretary as appropriate.

For Pre-Prep children who have been ill, we recommend a twenty-four hour minimum recovery period before returning to School. If a pupil is physically sick at School, parents will be contacted immediately and asked to collect their child as soon as possible.

The School follows Public Heath England's guidelines on the management of diarrhoea and vomiting related illness. We therefore ask that you keep your child off school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. This helps to prevent spreading the illness within the school.