Students are expected to be punctual to school and to lessons. School starts at 8.40am and students who are late without valid reason will be issued with an hour’s detention after school on the same day of lateness. Parents will be sent a text to inform them of this.
If a student is unwell, parents/carers should contact the school absence line on 01707 280940, (clearly stating student’s full name, form group, name of parent/carer and reason for absence) as early as possible in the morning, each day of absence. If a student is absent from registration and the school has not been informed their parent/carer will be contacted by telephone.
Why is attendance important?
Good attendance to school is important because it directly impacts on students’ education. Attendance at 95% means that the student has had an average ½ day off per week, totaling 10 days per year. Attendance below 90% is classed as ‘persistent absenteeism’.
Our school’s expectation of at least 96% attendance falls in line with that of the Local Education Authority. If the student falls below 96% a letter of concern will be sent home to parent/carers, support will be provided and intervention meetings with an Attendance Improvement Officer can be arranged. When a students’ attendance falls below 90% a fixed penalty notice may be issued. Our final course of action will be to refer the case to the Local Education Authority.
All Medical appointments should be taken outside of school hours where possible. Although we do understand this can be difficult at times, it is important to recognise that just a couple of hours out of the school day can impact on progress in lessons missed. Parens/carers must inform the school in advance, by letter, of any appointments the student must attend.
Attendance at Break and Lunchtime
Students in Years 7 to 11 are expected to be on the school premises from 8.40am – 3.15pm. Sixth form students are authorised to leave the school premises at break and lunch time. They are required to hand their lanyard into reception as they leave and collect it on return to ensure the school has a record of who is on/off site in case of an emergency.