Attendance, absence and supporting your child at school

Attendance, absence and supporting your child at school

Our vision is that students should be here all the time and on time.

Punctuality is extremely important and will be rewarded. If a student is regularly late detentions will be given to make up the time that has been missed.

If you are away from school, your parent/carer must phone the school on the first day. Tel: 01225 832936 and select Option 1.

If you do not contact the school you will receive a call/text message that morning from our absence monitoring service, to check on the child’s whereabouts. This is to help  prevent unauthorised absences.

You must  bring a note in for every time you are away from school on the day you return.

Parents/carers should not take family holidays in term time. The school is not able to authorise such absence on the grounds of cost or convenience. If requests for leave of absence have to be made for other reasons, then they should be made on a Leave of  Absence Request Form and will be considered by the Vice Principal, Mr Andy Greenhough.

Supporting your child at school

Encourage them to attend regularly.  Make doctor/dentist appointments outside school hours or in school holidays.  Insist your child aims for 100% attendance.

  • Contact the tutor if you have any concerns.
  • Insist that your child is punctual and arrives at school before 8.40am.
  • Remind them of our shared expectations from the Home/School Agreement.
  • Check your child has the right equipment for the day before they set off for school e.g. pens, pencil, ruler, calculator.
  • Take an interest in your child’s work by asking to see their books and signing to indicate you have seen them.
  • Read and sign the student planner each week.  Check it is being used effectively.
  • Insist that they work hard – listening and following instructions.
  • Support them by attending the parents’ evening.

Dentists' appointments and other absences during the school day

We request that all such appointments are made for after the school day or during the holidays.  however if a term-time appointment is unavoidable, please write in your child's planner requesting them to be absent during the school day for a dental or other vital appointment.  Your child needs to sign out at the Attendance office when they leave the school, and sign back in there on their return.