01872 273750

Absence and Medical


The average absence for students at Richard Lander School is 1.5 days per term or 4-5 days over the academic year and this level of attendance, on its own, will ensure a certain level of success over the 5 years of secondary education.

Absence Forms

‘Planned Absence’ are those absences which are known about in advance – doctor’s appointments, family occasions etc.  All ‘planned absence’ should be approved by the school in advance, giving as much notice as possible.

A planned absence form is available here:

Please send an email to the school as soon as a planned absence is known about.  A member of the school staff team will respond to this request, granting authorisation, within 14 working days.


If your child is absent through illness, please use the telephone system to register this absence or e-mail the Student Support team, as per our normal systems.

There is a 24 hour absentee line – 01872 273772


Student welfare is really important to us. We want our students to be happy, to feel cared for and to understand that if they do have a problem, they have someone in school to turn to.

Mrs Chilcott and Mrs Cornish are our Medical Officers. If your child needs to take medication during school hours or needs extra support due to a medical condition or injury, please contact Mrs Chilcott by calling the school 01872 273750 or by emailing the addresses below.



In Years 9 & 10, students are offered Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and the Meningitis ACWY vaccines in school. In addition they might also be eligible for the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine (HPV) if they haven’t had this already.

Please see this FAQ sheet from Kernow Health regarding vaccines.