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Report Student Absence

If your child cannot attend school, please inform the school's Attendance Administrator on the first morning of absence by calling either:

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Student Attendance and Absence - 01902 558512

or

School Reception – 01902 558500 (select Option 1 – Student Attendance & Absence)

Education is important. Missing school means missing out. Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school without a good reason is an offence by the parent that can result in legal action by the Local Authority (LA).

If your attendance over
the school year is …
… you will miss
this many days
… and this many lessons
95% 10 60
90% 19 114
85% 29 174
70% 39 234
75% 49 294
70% 58 348

PARENTS ARE REQUESTED:

  • To phone school on the first day of absence by calling 01902 558512 (and again, if absence is more than three days) and provide a letter to the Academic Tutor or return the 'Reason for Absence' slip from the child's planner. The Attendance Administrator or child's Behaviour & Learning Manager may make enquiries if no information is received. In exceptional circumstances further evidence of a child's illness may be required such as a doctor's note.
  • To notify the Academic Tutor in advance of medical/dental appointments and other future absences.
  • To complete a Student Leave of Absence Form in advance and return to the Attendance Administrator.

Every half-day absence from school has to be classified by the school, (not by the parents), as either AUTHORISED or UNAUTHORISED. This is why information about the cause of each absence is always required, preferably in writing.

Working Together

Regular attendance at school is a prerequisite to good education. However, the school recognises that occasionally disruptions occur in family life. It is the school's policy to support students through difficult or challenging times. We ask parents to inform us of any circumstances that may affect their child's attendance and we will endeavour to support students and parents by offering advice and making referrals to relevant agencies that may be able to help.

However, the school has a legal responsibility to register students twice daily and report any student who has poor attendance and punctuality to the Local Authority. By working together, parents, students and the school can ensure that the students will benefit from a good attendance record and a consistent approach to his/her learning.