We are committed to supporting the welfare of your child through regular school attendance. We know that every day lost to education can have a serious impact on your child’s overall progress and attainment in school. We promote an environment and ethos where children feel safe, happy and can build positive relationships with their peers. We expect in return that parents ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually and that holidays in term time are avoided.


Please ensure your child arrives punctually at school. The school day begins at 8.45am. We offer a soft start between 8.45am and 8.55am. Registers close at 9am. If you child arrives later than 8.55am then you will have to take your child to the Office at the front of the school and sign them in there.

Please contact the school by 9.30am via phone (01932 851848) or email (secretary@manby-lodge.surrey.sch.uk) if your child will be late or will not be attending. Phone messages need to be followed up by an explanatory note when your child returns to school.

Lateness and absences are monitored and our registers are regularly reviewed by Surrey’s Inclusion Officer who checks for punctuality, unauthorised absence and long periods of absence without explanation.


If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you to ask you to take him/her home. We can give medicines to children in some circumstances. Please refer to our policy regarding medicines in school.

Please keep your child at home if he/she is unwell.

In the case of vomiting or diarrhoea, it is important that your child should remain at home for at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone.

This link to guidance from the NHS should help you to decide if your child is too unwell for school –  NHS guidance

Absence Request

We follow the DFE guidelines on leave of absence which means holidays during term time will not be authorised.

Download Absence Request