Attendance & holidays
Informing us that your child is ill:
Please can all parents and carers continue to ensure they contact the College DAILY should their child be absent. Contact should be made before 8:30am so we are able to quickly establish our daily morning register.
If you inform the College by email, please email through the account you have registered with us as a contact and ensure you have provided your child's name and tutor group in the subject box, providing a concise reason for absence within the email and your name and relationship to the student.
We would be grateful if parents and carers do not leave messages for absence on any other voicemail or email address at the College.
Students who have been absent because of sickness and diarrhoea should return to College 24 hours after the last episode.
COVID Attendance: Please follow this link for guidance on school attendance and Covid
Good attendance is really important!
Every year, we see that students who attend well achieve more.
Therefore, high levels of attendance are really important.
- Attendance below 90% puts a student into the persistent absentee category and the College will have to take action
- 90% attendance will mean approximately 2-3 weeks of lessons will have been missed!
- Poor attendance hinders a child’s progress and teachers will be unable to cover work missed
- You should aim for 100% attendance by your child, who will be recognised for achieving that level and, most importantly, your child will have every chance of reaching their true potential.
No Holidays in Term Time
The Government’s amendments to the 2006 regulations removes references to family holiday and extended leave, as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments also make clear that Headteachers (or their designated representative acting on their behalf) may not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Headteachers (or their designated staff) are required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Therefore, no holidays should be taken during term-time, including Activity Week in July.
Please contact the Head of Year in the first instance if you have further questions