Attendance and Punctuality

It is a fact that if attendance drops below 95%, achievement can be affected by one grade.

The Attendance Team

Kate Thomson

Hannah Peacock

Howard Marriott

Attendance on a school day is compulsory. If you are not in school then you must have a justifiable reason for absence. Parents/Carers should inform the school absence team on 01709 538333 for the first day of absence via telephone and every day there after.

If your child is going to be absent for an appointment, we would ask that proof of the appointment is brought into school well in advance (whenever possible). However, we would prefer that all appointments are made outside of the child’s timetable.

Parents are requested not to arrange family holidays during term time. Requests for leave of absence should be submitted to the attendance office via reception or email . A leave of absence form is available within school upon request and should be completed well in advance.


Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management.

Always make sure that you are in the appropriate classroom before the second bell rings. All pupils are expected to be in their form room to start the school day at 8:45am, arriving after this time will result in a late mark being issued.

If you arrive late for school you will be given a break time detention with your form tutor. If you are late to school twice in a week you will have an after school detention until 4pm with a member of the SLT team.

If you arrive late to school due to attending appointments/ or any other reason then you must sign in at the student reception desk. You will be marked late in the register and will need a note explaining the reason for late arrival. If there is no justifiable reason a punctuality detention will be issued.

If you arrive after the closure of the register it may be recorded as an unauthorized absence. All unexplained absences shall be followed up by staff in the attendance office with a call home.

We value punctuality for a number of reasons: it ensures that lessons start on the most positive footing, it avoids classroom disruption and it minimises wasted time for both pupils and teaching staff. No less importantly, it is an issue that many companies will consider when interviewing candidates for employment or training.

Students who are late 10 minutes a day will lose:

50 minutes a week

3 hour 20 minutes a month

5 hours a half term


 This is equivalent to 1 full day.

10 hours a term


This is equivalent to 3 full days.

48 hours 45 minutes a school year

 This is equivalent to over 9 full school days.

If your child is ill and does need to be off school please contact the attendance office on 01709 538333.  

We will need to know:

  • Your child’s name.
  • Why they are not in school
  • When they will be back in school.