The school places great importance on high levels of attendance. To achieve the expected standard in the curriculum, a pupil has to cover all of the expectation for their year group. Repeated absence means that children miss learning and this time cannot be caught up. This impacts directly on their grades at the end of the year.


We try to encourage resilience in children and advise that they only take time off if they are feeling very poorly or have a virus that can be caught by others.


As a parent/carer it is your responsibility to notify the school on each day of absence for your child, by calling the school office on 0118 9713397. You may also email the office to notify us at office@beenham.w-berks.sch.uk


Medical/Dental appointments


We ask that routine medical, dental and ophthalmic appointments are made in advance where possible, to enable you to book an after school slot or an appointment in the school holidays. If an appointment in school time is unavoidable, please provide your son or daughter’s appointment card/letter from the doctor/dentist in order to authorise the absence during school hours. We will ask all parents to provide this information




Parents need to be aware that pupils arriving late to school may be asked to work through break time or lunchtime to catch up on the learning that they miss by being late for school.


Holidays in term time


Beenham does not authorise holidays in term time in line with other schools in the West Berkshire locality. In exceptional circumstances should you need to take your son/daughter out of school for any reason then please ask for a meeting with the headteacher.

Picklepythe Lane

Email:  office@beenham.w-berks.sch.uk

Tel: 0118 9713397

School contact:  Mrs Bev Sharp will answer any queries from parents and other members of the public

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