Student Absences and School Closures

Did you know?

90% attendance = 1/2 day missed every week
Would your boss like you to be off work this much? That’s practically part time!

1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed
90% attendance over 5 years of secondary school = 1 school year missed
Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year = GCSE grade DROP in achievement. (DfE)

The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement

Students must arrive at school by 8.25am (lessons start at 8.30am).

Late students should sign in at Reception before going to their lessons. Any lateness will result in a daily detention. Three or more occasions will lead to a longer detention after school.

If students are unable to attend school for any reason then parents need to telephone the school reception on (01753) 691583 or email on the first day of absence by 9.00am. Each absence needs to be covered by a letter from home even if a telephone call has been made.

Medical and dental appointments should be made outside of the school day unless it is an emergency. If KS3 students need to leave school to attend an emergency appointment then they will not be allowed to leave school unless collected by a parent. If parents are unable to do this then a letter must be sent stating that they take full responsibility for the safety of their child leaving school. Students must sign in and out at Reception.

In order to keep students safe everyone is required to be on school grounds, within the acceptable areas, throughout both break times.

Please keep ALL appointments for the doctor or dentist for after school or at weekends only, unless it’s an emergency. If your child does have an appointment that is an emergency or if they have a hospital appointment, we will need to see proof of the appointment letter. If this is not provided then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. If your child has 5 or more absences within a 13 week period then they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Please can we ask you all to co-operate with the school and ensure that your child attends school every day unless they have a valid reason.


If your child is unwell and is unable to attend school. – You should contact the school reception on (01753) 691583.

If your child is suffering with a minor illness such as a cold, headache or tummy ache, then you can inform the school via a phone call or a note sent into school with your child. First aid staff will be happy to monitor your child and contact you if necessary.

Sickness or diarrhoea - the protocol is that your child should refrain from attending school for 48 hours after the last bout of diarrhoea or vomiting.

Prescribed medication - you may send the medication into school accompanied by a parent consent form obtainable from Reception, however you should not send in more than one day’s dosage at any given time. No student is permitted to carry any medication on their person; this must be handed in to Reception.

If your child should be ill or involved in an accident during the school day: Trained first aid staff will attend and assess your child. If it is believed that your child is well enough to complete the school day a record of treatment will be logged and your child will be monitored periodically. If your child is too ill or has been involved in an accident that requires professional medical care, then parents/carers will be notified immediately and asked to collect their child from school.

If your child has injuries that require calling the emergency services, these will be contacted by the school and parents/carers notified of this immediately. It is of the utmost importance that all contact numbers / e-mail addresses held by the school are current and up to date.

Click Here to download the Consent to Medical Form

Please visit this page for the most up-to-date information on non-routine closures.

Legislation now makes it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers no longer have the discretion to allow any time for a family holiday or to agree to extended leave for parents to visit their country of origin. While we appreciate that it can be more expensive to go away in the holiday periods, this ultimately means losing valuable school time. If your child is absent from school due to a holiday which has not been agreed, this will be classified as an unauthorised absence, and you may be fined or legal action taken against you.