St Mary's Lower School, Independent Prep School, Colchester, Essex

Absence and Medical Information

It is important that our school records are complete and up to date, in case we need to contact parents urgently. Please notify the School Office straightaway if there are any changes.

If your daughter is unwell. Please telephone the school by 9.30am if your daughter is unwell and will not be in school. If she has vomited or has had diarrhoea, she should be absent from school for 48 hours to ensure that she has fully recovered.

Illness at school

If your daughter is ill during the school day she will be looked after in the medical room and you will be telephoned to collect her from school.

Other absences

If your daughter is to be absent for any other reason (for example, medicals, holidays) please contact the Principal, Mrs Vipond, either by letter or email as the school is required to keep a record. Similarly if your daughter leaves the school during the day (for example, for a dental appointment), she should be signed out at the office and then signed in again on her return.


Only medication prescribed by a doctor may be administered at school and it must be handed in to the Office and a permission form completed before it can be administered. Parents should please collect medication either at the end of each day or at the end of the course of treatment.

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