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About Us | Student Attendance

Attendance Expectations

Currently the level of attendance required by the Department for Education is 90% and above. Anyone that falls below this threshold is considered to be a persistent absentee and risks being referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service (formerly Education Welfare Service) for poor attendance.

As a school we expect all our students to have 95% attendance or above.

Electronic Registration

A register is taken every morning, afternoon and at the start of every lesson. The information collected is sent to the office electronically and is used to collect attendance and punctuality figures and for our attendance officer to send texts and make absence calls. Weekly attendance figures for each tutor group are published and each Head of House will announce these in assembly. Our target is to ensure the best possible attendance by all of our students so it is very important for us all to work hard to achieve this. We hope that parents will only allow children to stay at home when they are too ill to cope with a full day in school. Students with minor ailments such as headaches, coughs and colds should be encouraged to attend. If they become very unwell they will be assessed in our medical room and may be sent home.

Late Arrivals to School

Students arriving after 8.30 a.m. must sign in at the student office.

Absence from School

All absences should be reported to school by 8.30am on each day of absence by telephoning the school absence line on 01206 547911 Option 1. If we do not receive a call, you will receive a text message via our automated service to which you can text a reply.

Unexplained absences will be recorded as unauthorised absences.

Application for Leave of Absence

Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the Headteacher of the school.  As from 1st September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the Headteacher of a school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances.


There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. However, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.

In order for your application to be considered, please print this form and return it to the school with a covering letter detailing the reason for your request.

If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.