Pastoral >> Attendance
Attendance in Secondary
Sometimes there are good reasons why your child cannot attend
Parents are expected to telephone the school before 7.15am to
explain all absences.
Authorisation of absence in most circumstances requires a written note
After a student has had a two-day absence from school, then class
teachers or form tutors make contact with parents and inform the Head of Year,
Progress Leader or Assistant Head Pastoral about the outcome of the enquiry.
Wherever possible, make dental and medical appointments outside of the school
day, or during one of the school holidays.
Having a good education will help give your child have the best
possible start in life.
If families take holidays during term time, then no additional
work is set for students. This also applies to IGCSE, AS and A level students.
There is an expectation that these students will make their own arrangements to
catch up on any missed work. If a student is absent for a week or more, on
medical grounds, work is set and marked by teachers.
Parents are given details of term dates well in advance so that
holiday arrangements can be made accordingly. You are therefore asked not to
request any extensions to these holidays or additional time away from school.
Such requests will only be considered in exceptional circumstances by the
If a student’s poor attendance seriously undermines his/her
academic achievement the Principal may decide to implement one of the following
The student may be required to repeat the year
The student may not be entered for external examinations
The student may be permanently excluded from the school
Students who are absent for 45 continuous days are removed from
the school roll and parents will have to undergo the admission process once