St.Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Stanley Grove, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0JH - 01772 742 331 -
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Late/Absence Procedures

All children will inevitably have some time off school due to one illness or another.  When your child is ill, please telephone school before 9:30 am , or fill in our contact form below, so that the class teacher may be informed of the reason for absence. Please remember to give details of your child's illness. e.g. Sore throat.


St Teresa’s, like many schools across the North West,  currently has many children off sick with symptoms of sore throat, headache and a high temperature, (and in some cases vomiting and diarrhoea).  The symptoms crossover different conditions.  Common cold viruses are most prevalent in school but there are also background Streptococcus A Bacterial infections including scarlet fever.  See the two links below for further information.

Below is a list of common ailments and the accepted periods of exclusion from school. For any other diseases or medical conditions the Headteacher or your Family doctor will be able to advise.


Sickness / diarrhoea 48hrs after symptoms have subsided
Scarlet Fever 24hrs after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment
Chicken Pox 6 days from onset of rash
German Measles 4 days from onset of rash
Measles 7 days from onset of rash
Infectious Jaundice 7 days from onset of rash
Mumps Until swelling has subsided
Whooping Cough 21 days from onset of cough
Scabies Until adequate treatment started


If your child is taken ill whilst at school or is involved in an accident, we will get in touch with you, or the emergency contact as indicated on the Admissions Card.


It is important the details on the Admissions Card are kept up to date, so please inform the school immediately of any changes of telephone numbers or emergency contacts etc.



Every Reception child will have a medical during their first year at school. Parents are contacted by letter and invited to attend the examination conducted by the School doctor and School Nurse appointed for the area. During subsequent years, reviews are made of any children who have had problems highlighted by previous medicals.

To report a pupil absence, submit the message below providing your child's name, class and reason for absence, or phone the school office (01772 742331), press '1' and leave a message.