If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please phone school before 9.15am.

Phone: 01623 792671


via ParentMail

Text: 07572 263496


We appreciate your support in helping to prevent the spread of illness.

If your child shows symptoms of sickness and/or diarrhoea not related to their medical condition, please keep your child off school for 48 hours after their last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.

If your child is prescribed antibiotics for an illness which could be passed onto others, they will need to be off school for a minimum of 48 hours from the first dose of antibiotics being administered.

For important information regarding attendance and attendance monitoring at The Harlow Academy, Please see our Attendance Policy for further information: 

Attendance Policy


The Harlow Academy’s Expectation

We set very high standards with regard to attendance. Your child should be in school every day unless he or she is ill or are required to attend an appointment.

Holidays during term time cannot be authorised and Unexplained absences are always queried.

Medical and Dental Appointments

Please note that whenever possible medical and dental appointments should be booked outside school hours. When this is not possible, please provide school with an appointment card or other proof of appointment so that there can be a copy on your child’s file.

Children should be returned to school promptly after appointments and signed out and in at the welcome desk.

Persistent Absence

In line with Government advice, the Persistent Absence (PA) threshold is 10%. Therefore any pupil with an overall attendance of under 90% over a given period with be classified as a persistent absentee pupil.