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AddressMongeham Road, Deal, Kent CT14 9PQ

Telephone01304 374033


Hornbeam Primary is a happy, successful school and every child, parent and member of staff play their part in making it so. We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of Hornbeam community to aspire to great things in order to be happy, fulfilled and successful. We want all our children to ‘Learn to love learning to live life better’. For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly, and every child should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. 

It is important that parents inform School about the reasons for their child’s absences. 

Please note that any absence from school without a valid reason is regarded as unauthorised. 

On occasions where we believe there may be cause for concern, the Educational Welfare Officer may be called upon to help. 

In the case of an emergency closure, a message will be placed on the school facebook page and an app alert will be sent out. 

What to do when your child is ill.

If your child is ill please ring the school office on 01304 374033, before 9am on the first morning of their illness to report their absence.

It can be confusing to know how long your child should be kept off school as this depends on their illness. The recommendation of the Health Protection Agency for the most common illnesses such as sickness and diarrhoea is 48 hours after the last episode. For illnesses such as chickenpox they recommend 5 days from the onset of the rash, as the spots start to scab over and heal, this reduces the risk of the infection spreading through classes.

A comprehensive list of these guidelines and the schools policy can be found below. If you have any questions or need clarification, please do ring the school.

If you have any concerns or doubts regarding the illness of your child, please always consult a doctor and inform the school.  

If your child becomes ill whilst at school we will always contact you to inform you and arrange collection. We will always try and speak to parents and primary carers in the first instance before calling any additional contacts provided by parents. Please ensure these details are up to date if they change at all.

Guidance from GOV on what parents need to know for children returning to schools and education can be found here:

Is My Child Too Ill For School?

Attendance Policy

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