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Attendance is paramount to ensure our students fully achieve their potential. If students are not present in school, we cannot deliver our Gold Standard education to them.   

Our aim is that all students will have an attendance percentage of at least 97.00%. 

“Every minute of every lesson of everyday counts” 

We hope this section will be helpful and answer most of your queries about Attendance. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the Attendance Team by email to: 

Reporting an absence

Reporting an absence

Call school on the attendance Line to report your child’s absence between 07.30 and 08.30 am on the day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence advising school when they are expected to return. 

Attendance line: 01889 571685 

Email Attendance Team:  

When contacting the school, please provide the following information: 

  1. Your name 
  2. Your child’s name 
  3. The reason for absence 

If we have not received a message from you by 10.00am and your child fails to attend, you will receive a text message asking you to contact the school. 

Attendance Expectations 
We expect outstanding attendance for all; however, we do recognise that there are times when students we will absent from school. All our parents and carers are responsible for reporting reason for absence. Failure to report will result in unauthorised absence unless there are extenuating circumstances. 

If attendance drops below 97:00% the school will work with parents and carers immediately to put a plan in place to make improvements.  As a school we work relentlessly to support students and families. 

Medical Appointments 
Where possible, routine doctor and dental appointments for students should be made outside school hours. If a student has an orthodontist or paediatrician appointment to attend within school hours, the Attendance Team will require evidence of the appointment, ie, a copy of the appointment letter. 

Holidays during Term-Time 
Holidays during term-time will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Applications for absence should be made by a formal written letter to the Principal, Ms Rachael Sandham. 

Injuries / Mobility Difficulties 
If your child has an injury or requires special medical assistance when they return to school, please telephone or email Nathan Lewis, Assistant Principal for Attendance, to discuss your child’s mobility needs: 

For example, if they need crutches to help them to walk, we will need to make special arrangements for them to move around the Academy. We are required to complete a risk assessment to ensure the safety of your child on site and we can only do this if you let us know in advance of their return to school. 

Click here to find out more about authorised and unauthorised absences.

What can you do to help? 

Parent or carers – you can help by: 

  • ensuring your child understands the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality 
  • taking an interest in their education – asking about schoolwork and encourage them to get involved in school activities including extra-curricular 
  • discussing any problems, they may have at school and inform their Form Tutor to pass on concerns quickly 
  • not allowing them take time off school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work 
  • arranging appointments after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child’s education and to the school 
  • being open and willing to work with us to improve your child’s attendance 

Students – you can improve by: 

  • speaking to a trusted adult about the reasons why you might not want to come to school 
  • trying hard every morning to get up and get to school, unless you are unwell 
  • getting an early night, feeling tired on a morning can make getting to school harder 
  • making sure you get to school on time every day. 

Attendance Policy and Guidance