Attendance and Punctuality
Regular and punctual attendance is an essential prerequisite to effective learning. Failing to attend school regularly can have a major impact on children's education, their future and their life chances. Regular attendance means attending school every day, arriving at school on time and attending every lesson.
We expect each student to achieve the national attainment level of 96% and above in terms of attendance over the course of each academic year. If a student’s attendance falls below 90 per cent the school is legally required to inform the Attendance Team. You will be asked to work with the AIO to ensure an improvement. This may include legal action to ensure you fulfil your parental duty.
If your child is unwell:
If your child is ill and unfit to attend school, you must contact the school before 8:20am on the first day of absence and continue to provide the school with appropriate information on a daily basis. If you do not inform the school your child’s absence a message will be sent asking you to contact the school as a matter of urgency.
If your child is required to attend a medical appointment during the school day the Head of Year will need to be informed and a note from the parent will be required. A student cannot be dismissed from school without parental consent. If the student’s attendance is below 90 per cent then medical evidence will also be required.
Holidays during the school term are not permitted. Schools will only grant permission for your child to be away from school during the term under exceptional circumstances. To request a holiday during term time you will need to complete and return a ‘Holiday Application’ form to the Student Engagement Officer. The school will give careful consideration to your request taking into account your child’s attendance record. If the school does not agree to your request and the leave is taken it will be marked as an unauthorised absence and a penalty notice of £60 per child will be issued by the local authority.
Student punctuality is very important in creating a successful learning environment. Students should aim to arrive at school by 8:20am. We provide a free breakfast to all students from 8:00-8:20 each day. If your child is late to their period 1 lesson they will be required to sit a one hour detention held on the same day after school. Please note if a student is late to the first lesson after lunch this too will be counted as a late mark.