Telephone: 01202 876 556
Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP


Ferndown Middle School is committed to maximising attendance for all pupils to enable them to benefit fully from their education. We believe that regular attendance is vital for effective learning.

Our school will give a high priority to conveying to parents and pupils the importance of regular and punctual attendance. We recognise the importance of establishing strong home-school links and communication systems that can be utilised whenever there is a concern about attendance.

We will identify and address any problems affecting attendance and adopt a clearly focused approach aimed at returning the pupil to full attendance.

School Attendance Information Nov 19
Attendance Information – Penalty Notices
Dorset County Council advice on Penalty Notices for absence



Reporting an absence

In order to maximise the safety of the children, it is important that all parents/carers follow the procedures for reporting child absence from the school.

Parents/carers should contact the school before 08:45 to report the reason for a student’s absence. Please keep following this pattern on each subsequent day of absence until the student returns to school, unless otherwise agreed with the school.

Ways to contact school to report an illness/absence

Phone the school’s absence line 01202 876556 where a message can be left to include your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence.

Alternative please email

Procedure for reporting Medical/Dental Appointments

Please contact the school even if you child is coming later e.g. after a doctor or dentist appointment, or if they are not going to be in school by 8:45 am.

Parents/carers are advised where possible to make medical and dental appointments outside of the school day. Where this is not possible, pupils should attend school for part of the day.

A few days prior to the appointment, please inform the school to state the date/time and the approximate duration of the appointment.

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