Attendance: Reporting Absence
Full attendance is critical if you are to make the best use of your opportunities. Research shows that missing lessons has a seriously detrimental effect on your achievements.
Less than 90% attendance is enough to drop an attainment level/GCSE grade.
All students have their attendance monitored rigorously and where necessary we invite parents/carers in to offer support and discuss any issues.
Please support the school by sending your child in whenever possible.
Reporting a student absent
If your child is absent, due to illness or an appointment, it is important that you contact us to inform us as soon as possible. We ask that you report an absence by 8.30am. Please include your child’s: name, year group, form and the reason for absence.
You may email the Attendance Team on email@example.com or contact by telephone to report an absence (direct dial 01362 655456). The telephone has a 24 hour voicemail facility.
If a student has not registered in the morning a telephone call will be made to parent(s)/carer(s) to ascertain the reason for absence.
If your child has an appointment during school hours (e.g. medical appointment)
Please notify the Attendance Office, prior to the absence, as soon as you are aware of it, again by either telephoning 01362 655456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the day of absence please ensure a note is written in your child’s planner. We ask that where possible, appointments are made outside of school hours.
Application for leave of absence from school during term time
Please complete a Leave of Absence form, available from the Attendance Office (within Student Development) or download from here. Please complete this form with full details to the school. If you wish to discuss the absence before completing the form, please contact the Attendance Manager via telephone or at the attendance email address.
This absence will then be considered and you will be notified of the decision. Requests are only authorised for ‘exceptional circumstances’. If you are planning a holiday during term time, please be aware that; following the Government’s directive, schools are not able to authorise absence for the purpose of a family holiday.