Regular attendance is important and absence should be restricted to the unavoidable. It is a legal requirement that schools keep accurate records of student attendance.
Absence due to illness
a) On the FIRST day of absence you are requested to telephone or email the school, giving your child’s name and tutor group and explaining that he/she is absent. There is no need to contact us on subsequent days of absence.
b) On the day that your child returns to school, please use one of the following methods to confirm the dates on which your child has been absent, and provide a brief explanation of the reason for the absence (please remember to give your child’s name and tutor group):
c) If no communication about your child’s return to school has been received within two weeks, you will receive an email reminder (a letter will be sent if we hold no email address for you). Please use one of the following methods in response:
Advance permission for medical appointments should be obtained from the form tutor and then confirmed by letter.
Request for absence
From September 2013, amendments to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
All requests for absence must be made in advance and submitted on the Absence Request Form available here.
Authorised and unauthorised
Authorised absence can be:
Unauthorised absence is:
Students who are late for registration (either in the morning or afternoon) must sign the late book in Reception.