Bedminster Down School


Illness and attending school

Attendance at school is absolutely critical for your child. Too often, children stay at home when they have a minor illness, and then they miss out on learning and fall behind at school. 

Please read our 'Illness and attending school' leaflet to help you decide whether your child is well enough to attend school.

Our approach to attendance

We have launched a new way of looking at attendance at Bedminster Down School. You'll be surprised at how much learning a student misses when they are absent! 

We are using the following diagrams to motivate students to attend school at least 96% of the time:

Lessons missed




It is essential that your child is in school every day by 8.50am for Tutor time.  

Should your child be absent for any reason please make sure that you contact us on 0117 353 2800.  This is a 24 hour answer phone: call at any time, day or night.

Medical and Dental Appointments

Parents are encouraged to make medical and dental appointments out of school time whenever possible.  Students are expected to attend school before and after appointments if they are during the school day.  A doctor's note may be required for absences in excess of 5 days.  Copies of doctor's/specialist's letter will be kept on the school file.

The school nurse can be contacted via reception for any health concerns.


The cost to your child' education:


Holidays during term time are not allowed and cannot be authorised.  Families may request leave in exceptional circumstances. Orchard School will only consider requests for absence in term time upon receipt of a completed request for absence form that must be returned to school 14 days before the start of the absence.
We will notify parents/carers of the decision by email. The form can be found by clicking here.

Penalty Notices

We have adopted a policy to make use of penalty notices to help raise our attendance levels.

The policy states: Penalty notices (£60 fine per child per parent) may be issued when:


Recognition of good attendance

We like to celebrate and reward those students with high attendance with special awards assemblies and prizes. 



Attendance Policy

Attendance Leaflet

Request for Absence Form