Westbury Leigh Primary School

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Absence and Illness

If your child is unwell and not able to attend school, please telephone the school to inform us as early as possible.

The telephone number is: 01373 822230

Please do not send your child to school if he or she is unwell. In particular children must not attend school if they have a temperature or for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.

In the case of prolonged absence it is our policy that you should ring the school every day that your child is unable to come to school.

The Education Welfare Officer is primarily responsible for school attendance and liaison with social services.

If your child becomes ill at school, we will use the phone numbers you have given us to contact someone who can take your child home.

In cases of serious illness or accident we will act in loco-parentis to seek urgent medical aid and will contact you as soon as possible.

Parents should keep the school informed of changes to their telephone number and emergency contacts. 


Please be aware that we do not authorise absence during term time except in truly exceptional circumstances.

Please click below to read the Penalty notice for holidays taken during term time.

An Application for Leave form can also be found below.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Penalty Notice for Parents


Children must not carry medicines with them. Inhalers for children should be looked after by the class teacher and a medical form should be filled out.

If a child needs to take medicine during the day, you are welcome to come into school and administer it.

Under guidelines laid down by Wiltshire County Council we are not allowed to administer medication without written permission from you. We do not administer medicines that are prescribed for 3 times a day as it is expected that this can be administered at home before school, after school and at bedtime. We are ONLY able to adminster medicines prescribed on a 4 times a day basis. An adult should take the medicine to the office and fill in a Medication Consent Form.

Download a Medication Consent Form.

A member of staff will then be able to administer the medication (please note this is undertaken on a good will basis by staff).

The medicine will be stored in the office and should be collected by an adult at the end of the day. We are not able to administer analgesics (aspirin, calpol etc.) unless prescribed by your GP.  First Aid Certificates are held by several members of staff who are able to administer basic medical treatment. Nominated staff also administer emergency asthma, seizure and allergy treatment.