The reason why attendance is so important to us at West Exe School is because it has a huge impact on learning. We know that good attendance really makes a positive difference.

We understand that sometimes students need necessary time away from their education but do not want any student to fall behind or struggle because of this.

Whether your child has an illness or medical condition which means they need to miss some days of school or whether family incidents have occurred, we are here to support you and your child so that the impact on learning is minimised.

If, however, you feel that your child is trying to avoid school for any reason, do not hesitate to get in touch with us immediately so we can make any personalised arrangements in school and support you with this. We want all our students to enjoy school and want to be there every day that is possible. So, if there are any barriers to them succeeding we want to work with you to remove these.

For the majority of our students, we do expect attendance to be above 97% but understand that sometimes they are simply too unwell to come to school. The expectation is that parents contact the school for each day that they are off and medical evidence is provided if they have more than 5 days off in a row. Typically, if a student has 8-10 days off school within an academic year, we would expect that a medical professional will have been consulted and the reasons for illness looked into and information provided.

Reporting your child as absent on a daily basis: Please call the school by 8.30am each morning of absence. If you leave a voicemail please state your child’s full name, year group and the reason for being off school. Alternatively, you can email us at or call 01392 660100.

Reporting your child for future absence: If they have a medical appointment or other special circumstances then please call or email as above. If you would like to request time off in exceptional circumstances for an organised activity or holiday then please complete an absence request form (link to form below).

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with our attendance policies and look forward to working with you and your child.