Your child should be aiming for 100% attendance.
If your child is not in school we cannot teach them.
Your child should aim to attend school every day.
If your child is not at school there must be a good reason, e.g. illness.
We expect all students to have over 95% attendance by the end of the year.
If you child is ill and will be absent from school, your must contact the school on each and every morning of the absence, giving details of any illness or other circumstance. You should contact the school on the main school number, (01775 722484 (option 1) and 07860 055665 for text messages) and either speak to our Attendance Officer or leave a message. Please state students name and reason for absence.
On return to school after absence you must bring an absence note to explain why you were not at school. This must be signed by a parent/carer and should contain your name, class and the first day and last day of your absence. Absence notes should be put in the mail box at Student Reception addressed to the Attendance Officer.
Is your child's attendance rate affecting their performance in school? The school will not authorise holiday during term time. If you have any concerns regarding attendance you can talk to: our Attendance Officer on 01775 722484
Whilst we understand that some medical and dental appointments are unavoidable, we would appreciate it if appointments could be scheduled after school or during the holidays.
Please find the latest Attendance Update letter below. This clarifies the situation regarding attendance issues and the latest guidance regarding penalty notices, leave of absence requests and the possibility of legal action for non-attendance. Should you request a leave of absence or if your child's attendance becomes a cause for concern, you will receive a personalised version of the letter through the post.
For safeguarding reasons we do expect a call into the absence line (01775 722484 (option 1) and 07860 055665 for text messages) on the morning of any absence and any consecutive days. Please be aware that the school are continuing with the policy of not authorising medical appointments without appointment slips/copies of appointment letters. Retrospective slips are welcome.
The desired attendance remains 95% but this is a required minimum. Studies continue to show that students with less than 95% attendance struggle to achieve their predicted grades.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child's Year Lead with any queries regarding their attendance.