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What to do if your child is ill

Lots of parents have contacted us asking what to do in different situations. Below is a basic guide to follow. However, please also check out the latest NHS advice if you are unsure.

You can contact the NHS by calling 111 or going to their website at:


Regular school attendance is crucial in raising standards in education and ensuring that every child can have full access to the school curriculum and reach their potential.

Silverdale School will strive to promote an ethos and culture which encourages good attendance and where each pupil will feel welcomed, valued and cared for.

Silverdale School has high expectations of all students in order to achieve the vision of ‘Outstanding Achievement for All’.


If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, parents and carers should call the Absence Line on 0114 2369991 and select option 1  before 10am with the reason for the child's absence.

The Attendance Officer will send an email at 10.30am to the parent or carer to alert them to the child’s absence from school, if a reason has not already been given.  The Attendance Officer will follow up with a phone call home if attendance is a cause for concern. If no reason has been provided by the parent or carer, a letter will be sent home asking for a reason for the absence. The absence will be classified as unauthorised until a reason is presented.


Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Schools will no longer give out test kits to staff or pupils.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. For children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive test, the advice will be they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days.

Request for term time leave

Silverdale School does not authorise holidays during term time due to the impact they have on pupils learning. Family holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence. Silverdale School supports the Sheffield City Council policy and procedures regarding term time leave requests. Request for term time leave should be submitted to Key Stage Teams 20 days in advance to enable the school to consider the request. The form can be downloaded from this page.

Medical appointments

We encourage parents and carers to make all medical appointments outside of school hours. If this cannot be avoided, pupils should attend school prior to or immediately after the appointment. Key Stage Teams should be informed of the medical appointment prior to the date. Medical appointments are counted as absences and it will affect the pupils overall attendance.

Religious observance

Silverdale School recognises and celebrates many different religions. Schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance. The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Where necessary, schools should seek advice from the parents’ religious body about whether it has set the day apart for religious observance.

Parents and carers please note that although the absences are authorised, it is still counted as an absence on the student’s attendance certificate. Within school, we make sure students are not unfairly affected by this absence regarding rewards for 100% attendance. However, the schools attendance register is a legal document, and therefore the absence must be recorded.

Parents and carers must inform the school prior to the religious observance days if the child will be absent from school. If we have not been informed prior to the date we will follow our absence procedures to identify the reason for the child’s absence from school.

Participating in a supervised sporting activity

We recognise that pupils at Silverdale School have exceptional skills and talent. We want to support our young people to participate fully in training for sporting activities. Any requests regarding pupil’s participation in sporting events during the school day must be requested in writing to the head teacher. This includes any adjustments to the time of the school day for example, pupils leaving school early to participate in sporting activities.

Education Welfare Service

Regular attendance is an essential requirement for educational results and where attendance difficulties exist or a pupil’s attendance falls below 85%, Education Welfare Service (EWS) will support staff and parents in developing and implementing strategies to address or improve school attendance. Silverdale School works in partnership with Multi Agency Support Team (MAST) regarding persistent absenteeism.