Student Attendance


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 option 3.

If your child is suffering with a minor illness such as a cold, headache or stomach 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.

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

This is guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Guidance on other illnesses can be found in the link here.

Short term prescribed medication - you may send the medication into school accompanied by a parental agreement form (FORM 3B) obtainable from Reception or the link below. No student is permitted to carry any medication on their person; this must be handed in to first aid via Reception in its original packaging with the student's name clearly written on it.

Click here to download the parental agreement form (FORM 3B)

If your child should be ill or involved in an accident during the school day, trained first aid staff will attend, assess your child and details will be logged. If your child is too ill or has been involved in an accident that requires further 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, they will be contacted by the school and parents/carers notified of this immediately. It is of utmost importance that all contact details held by the school are current and up to date.

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.