Important information for parents

On 1 September 2013 a law came into effect which does not allow parents to take their children out of school for holidays in term time. Any request for absence in term time must be in exceptional circumstances, addressed to The Principal.

Absence from School

At Jewell Academy Bournemouth we want all our pupils to achieve success. Good attendance is key to this.

What can you do to help?

  • Make sure that your child arrives by 8.45 am. If your child is absent from school please telephone 01202 774830 by 9.30 am.  Take your holiday in the 13 weeks of official school holidays.
  • Do not let your child have ‘just one day’ off school. These can quickly add up.
  • If there is a problem that is causing your child to ask for time off, contact the school so that we can help sort out the problem.
  • Arrange dental / doctor's appointments out of school hours.
  • Do not take your child on shopping trips in school time.

If your child's attendance drops below 95% then the school will be in contact with you and our Education Social Worker may become involved.

If your child does not improve her/her attendance this could result in legal action, which could lead to a fine of £2,500 or up to 3 months imprisonment.

First Day Call

We will telephone you on the first day of an unexplained absence to find out why your child is absent from school.

What is meant by 'Unauthorised Absence'?

  • When no explanation for an absence is given.
  • When the explanation given is not thought to be acceptable (for example; shopping, waiting for the ‘Sky’ man).
  • When you have not called or left a message by 9:30am.
  • When your child has been absent from school for 4 days or more and medical evidence has not been provided to support this.

A copy of our attendance policy can be viewed here.

By working together we aim to improve everyone's attendance and achievement


If your child is unable to come to school for any reason please notify us by 9.30 am on the day of the absence by written note, email or a telephone call:

01202 774830

Please do not send verbal messages with other children as these cannot be accepted. 

If we do not hear from you by 9.30 am we will telephone you.