Attendance on a school day is compulsory. If you are not in school then you must have a justifiable reason for absence. Parents/Carers should inform the school absence team on 01709 542147 for the first day of absence via telephone and every day thereafter.
If your child is going to be absent for an appointment, we would ask that proof of the appointment is brought into school well in advance (whenever possible). However, we would prefer that all appointments are made outside of the child’s timetable.
Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays during term time. Requests for leave of absence should be submitted to the attendance office via reception. A leave of absence form is available within school upon request and should be completed well in advance.
Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.
Always make sure that you are in the appropriate classroom before the second bell rings. All pupils are expected to be in their form room to start the school day at 8:45 am, arriving after this time will result in a late mark being issued.
If you arrive late for school you will be given a detention after school.
If you arrive late to school due to attending appointments/ or any other reason then you must sign in at the Attendance Office. You will be marked late in the register and will need a note explaining the reason for late arrival. If there is no justifiable reason a punctuality detention will be issued.
If you arrive after the closure of the register it may be recorded as an unauthorised absence. All unexplained absences shall be followed up by staff in the attendance office with a call home.
We value punctuality for a number of reasons: it ensures that lessons start on the most positive footing, it avoids classroom disruption and it minimises wasted time for both pupils and teaching staff. No less importantly, it is an issue that many companies will consider when interviewing candidates for employment or training.
Students who are late 10 minutes a day will lose:
50 minutes a week
3 hour 20 minutes a month
5 hours a half term
This is equivalent to 1 full day.
10 hours a term
This is equivalent to 3 full days.
48 hours 45 minutes a school year
This is equivalent to over 9 full school days.
As we head into winter, and our children are now picking up more common infections and illnesses, the local NHS has asked us to remind you to visit the new Healthier Together website which provides guidance on a wide range of common illnesses and medical conditions that affect children and young people aged between 0 -18.
This website provides consistent and high-quality advice from local health professionals.
You’ll find clear information on common illnesses, including advice on what ‘red-flag’ signs to look out for, where to seek help if required, how long your child’s symptoms are likely to last and when you should/should not send them to school.