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Chilthorne Domer Church School

Together we Love, we Aim High and we Celebrate!


Attendance Officer - Mrs Nichola Chesterton

Attendance Champion - Mrs Ellen Bond 


Chilthorne Domer Church School seeks to ensure that all its pupils receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to realise his/her true potential.  The school will strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels wanted and secure. All school staff will work with pupils and their families to ensure each pupil attends school regularly and punctually.


The school will establish an effective system of incentives and rewards that acknowledges the efforts of pupils to improve their attendance and timekeeping and will challenge the behaviour of those pupils and parents who give low priority to attendance and punctuality.


To meet these objectives Chilthorne Domer Church School will establish an effective and efficient system of communication with pupils, parents and appropriate agencies to provide mutual information, advice and support. 


Pupils can come into school from 8.45 am and the school day starts promptly at 9 a.m. If a child arrives at school after 9 a.m. without prior arrangements having been agreed, he/she will be deemed late.  Registers close at 9.00 a.m. and arrival at school after this time, without prior approval or extenuating circumstances, will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Pupils arriving at school after 9 a.m. must enter through the front gates and report to the school office to be signed in by an adult. Pupils leaving school for any reason must report to the office before they go so that we can ensure that they are appropriately signed out. Registers are also taken when the children return to classes after lunch. 

First Day Contact

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason at all, please contact the school office on the first day of your child’s absence.

Failure to contact the school may result in:

  • a call from our school office
  • a home visit from 


Continued absence and/or failure to contact the school may result in:

  • prosecution through the courts
  • police intervention


Please note: Chilthorne Domer Church School has a duty of care once your child enters the education system. If we do not know why a pupil is absent and we are concerned by the unknown absence the school may have no alternative but to contact the police and report the pupil as missing.


It is important that you contact the school as soon as possible and maintain communication with school throughout your child’s absence.

Leave of Absence Procedures

As detailed in our Attendance Policy, and in line with DfE guidance, we do not authorise leave of absence during term other than when exceptional circumstances permit. If you wish to take your child out of school, during term time, it is important to discuss this with us as much in advance as possible so we can guide you through the process. 


However, where absence is unauthorised, it could lead to further action being taken including a penalty notice being issued. Department for Education information regarding this is available by CLICKING HERE


If you are having difficulties in maintaining your child’s attendance or punctuality you should speak to the school as soon as possible.  Please make an appointment to meet the headteacher or PFSA who will be able to advise, support you and, where appropriate, engage with external agencies.


We provide a Breakfast Club from 7.45am. Pupils can access a range of breakfast cereals, toast and drinks. Some parents and guardians  find this helps with improving attendance and punctuality issues as well as supporting working families.


Remember, we are here to help.