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COVID - 19 update


Updated Guidance from the 1st April

The NHS COVID-19 symptoms in adults and symptoms in children have been updated.   Adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, should follow the UKHSA guidance. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. Children can come back to school and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. 


Attendance at Cottenham Primary School


Expectations from September 2021
The Government’s expectation from 1 September 2021 continues to be that school attendance is mandatory for all children and that schools return to attendance practices the same as pre-pandemic. Our full Attendance Policy can be found on the Policy page of the website but is also attached at the bottom of this page. Please read this to be aware of what is expected of you as a parent/carer regarding attendance. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that children attend school every day.
If you have any comments/queries please send an e-mail to


Absence reporting
Any planned absence should always be reported to us in advance. If you are requesting an absence, you are required to complete our “Request for Exceptional Leave of Absence” form. This form should also be used for planned medical appointments. Please return completed forms to the School Office for processing at least a week prior to the proposed absence. 
You can find this document at the bottom of this page.

Absences due to illness should be reported to the School Office either by calling our dedicated absence line (01954 250227 and selecting Option 1) or by sending an e-mail to , every morning by 9am the latest.
We need to hear from you every day of the absence unless the School Office have advised you otherwise.


Medical Appointments
We request that, where possible, routine medial and dentist appointments are arranged outside school hours as these appointments will reduce your child’s percentage attendance and ultimately affect their learning. We do understand that some appointments, such as hospital consultations are not always possible to arrange outside of school hours. However, if your appointment time allows your child to come to school first, for registration and at least part of the morning and then leave, this will have a positive impact on their attendance. Likewise, we would always encourage you to bring them back into school for afternoon registration, where the time and duration of the appointment permits.