1. For the safeguarding of all students, the school requires parents/guardians to phone the school on EACH day of absence. Please call the Attendance Administrator, Mrs Moss, on telephone number 01752 843715 and select OPTION 1.
  2. If Mrs Moss is on the phone or away from her desk, please leave a message on the answerphone. The following information will be needed:
    • Name of student
    • Tutor group
    • Reason for absence
    • Relationship of caller to student, i.e. mum, dad, gran, etc.
  3. Any pupil arriving in school after 08.40 must report to the reception office to record arrival. Pupils who receive 3 late marks will be placed in an after-school detention.
  4. If a student feels unwell during the school day, they should tell their teacher who will write a note in their planner giving permission to see the School Nurse. They can then report to the School Nurse in reception who will decide if parents/carers need to be called. If attendance is a concern, permission may be sought from the Head of Year.
  5. If a student is sent home from school through illness and is still unfit for school the following day, please telephone the school as stated above. For safeguarding purposes, the school does not automatically assume the student is going to be absent the following day.
  6. If a student has to leave during the school day to attend an appointment, they are required to sign out at reception with a note from parents/carers. They should sign back in when they return. We do request however that appointments are made for outside school hours wherever possible.
  7. Parents do not have a right to take children on holiday in term time. New regulations came into force in September 2013 stating that children can only be taken out of school during term time in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the school’s Headteacher. Absence Request Forms are available to download here or from reception/Head of Year. Further information can be found on the reverse of the Absence Request Form.
  8. Our school has an excellent record of attendance, with very little unauthorised absence (truancy). Registers are taken daily at the start of the morning session by tutors. Registers are also taken at the start of each lesson, thus avoiding internal truancy.
  9. Attendance is monitored regularly by the Head or Assistant Head of Year and the Education Welfare Officer. Parents will be contacted where necessary.
  10. Parents are responsible in law for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive full-time, suitable education.