Attendance Matters

A minimum of 95% attendance is a requirement for all pupils.

Good attendance is important to your child’s education.

All absence is detrimental to your child’s education, no matter what the reason.

Did you know?

90% Attendance means that a pupil is missing half a day’s school a week?

95% Attendance means that a pupil will miss two weeks of school in a year?

93% Attendance or better gives a pupil a 73% chance of achieving 5 GCSEs. Grades A-C, whatever their ability.

The Local Authority will become involved where a pupil’s attendance falls below 85%

If a pupil’s absence falls below 90% the school will request medical evidence before any further absence is authorised.

10 sessions of unauthorised absence may lead to a Penalty Notice.

There are 190 school days in a year leaving 175 in which to take a holiday.


You can help by:

  • ensuring your child attends school every day and arrives punctually in order to make the most of the education offered.
  • avoiding medical appointments in school time
  • avoiding taking holidays in school time
  • sending your child to school every day except when he/she is too ill to attend.
  • ensuring your child catches up on missed work if absence is unavoidable


What to do if your child is unwell

Phone the school and inform the Attendance and Welfare Officers, giving the name of your child, their mentor group and a brief explanation of the nature of the illness. A call is requested for every day of absence. We cannot assume that a pupil is unwell just because they were off school the previous day. If you believe an absence due to illness may be prolonged, please contact the Attendance and Welfare Officers so they can make arrangements to avoid calling you daily:

Mrs Tanya Newton for years 7, 8, and 9. Mobile 07375 392651

Mrs Tina Smith for years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Mobile 07375 392609


Medical Appointments

Where possible try to avoid routine medical appointments during the school day. If they do have an appointment, please send them to school with a note in their diary stating the reason they need to leave and the time you will collect them.

You can also email Attendance/Welfare Officers:

You can also get in touch via School Gateway.  School Gateway is a text and email service, which allows us to communicate more quickly and effectively – via a smart phone app.  You and the school can save money by downloading this app from the app store, which is free and can be used on iphones and android.

It is quick and easy to do.  All you need is your mobile number and an email address that the school holds on record for you.  


Term Time Holidays

Leave of absence will only be granted in Exceptional Circumstances, and can only be authorised by the Headteacher. Exceptional Circumstances are defined as ‘one-off’ occasions where a request for leave of absence is unavoidable and does not cover annually occurring family holidays. Please write directly to the Headteacher at least two weeks prior to the start of the requested leave and include as much detail as possible to explain why Exceptional Circumstance apply.


PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTACT YOUR CHILD DIRECTLY BY TEXT OR PHONE. Pupils may have their mobile phones in school but they must be switched off and in their bag at all times.


Our Attendance Policy is available under the school policies section.