Illness & Absence


Pupils who are unwell should not be sent to school. Parents are asked to notify the school of the reason for absence before 9.30am on the first morning of absence. This is important so that we know there is no cause for concern because a child has not arrived in school. Parents should continue to keep the school informed if the absence continues.

Should a GP advise that your child is well enough to return to school while still needing to take medicine (for instance at lunch time) a consent form to administer medicines must be completed and is available from the school office. Non-prescribed/’over the counter’ medicines cannot be administered to a child by school staff, unless in exceptional circumstances. Any medicine will need to include a pharmacists label with the child’s name, dosage and instructions clearly printed. Parent/carers can come to school to administer any non-prescribed medicine where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not administered during the school day. Homeopathic/non-controlled medicines cannot be administered under any circumstances.

Should you have any health queries the school nurse, can be contacted at Helsby Health Centre Tel: 01928 723676.


Holidays/time off in term time

If a child is expected to be absent for a reason other than for illness/medical reason, a request for a leave of absence form should be completed which are available from the school office. This form should be completed and reviewed by the headteacher prior to any holiday/time off. 

Cheshire West and Chester council will start to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for any holidays taken in the new academic year from September 2017 or thereafter, irrespective of when the request was made which is not considered to be exceptional in circumstances. Please take this into consideration when booking any future holidays.


All authorised, unauthorised absences and lateness are recorded in the school registers.



Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991