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 Bristol Free School

Attendance Matters

At Bristol Free School we consider student happiness, progress and achievement to be very important; good attendance is an excellent indicator of how well your child is coping with school-life. We would, therefore, appreciate your help in ensuring that your child attends school every day unless they are unwell.

Good attendance is important for a child to develop their social skills, by making positive bonds with their peers and their teachers. It ensures that their academic progress is not disrupted, thus maximising their future potential.

We monitor attendance and punctuality very closely and review attendance levels with your child during tutor time. High attendance and improvements in attendance levels are celebrated and rewarded as a tutor group. We work in partnership with families to support attendance and punctuality concerns before they can become an established habit and impact on education.

Unbroken attendance at Bristol Free School is important for learning. However, there will be times when absence is unavoidable and acceptable. On this page you will find the information and guidance on what to do if your child needs to be absent from school. All the links and contact details can be found here. If you need to speak to anyone please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. We have two dedicated Attendance Officers who can support you with any issues, questions or difficulties you may have regarding attendance and punctuality.

Please use the attendance email address ( and we will direct your message to the correct member of staff.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs S King

Useful information

Attendance Policy

Attendance at BFS - information for parents

Medical absence guidance

Request for term-time absence

Information from Bristol City Council


Contact details

If you have any questions or need any support regarding to your child's attendance at BFS, please contact us.

You can call the main school number, or  email 


Attendance Team


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Appointments during the school day

If your child has an appointment to attend during the school day, please email

Please give at least 24 hours' notice, and as much as possible in the event of an emergency appointment. 

You will need to include:

  • Child's full name
  • Child's tutor group
  • Date and time of appointment
  • Scan or photograph of proof of appointment

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