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Attendance & Absence

One factor which is guaranteed to cause underachievement is irregular attendance.

Your son will not achieve his best unless he attends regularly –this means at least 95% of the time. If your son’s attendance is less than 95% it could reduce his GCSE results by one grade in all subjects. In oneyear 90% attendance means your son would have missed four school weeks. You are required by law to ensure that your son does attend regularly.

Please contact the school before 9.00am on the first and subsequent days of any unexpected absence. A message may be left on the 24-hour answer service or through the Study Bugs System App, which we would encourage all parents have. The school may request medical evidence to support absences. If your son has more than 20 sessions (ten days) unauthorised absence over a period of 10 weeks the school will refer to the Pupil Entitlement team. This may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Students who arrive late or who need to leave the premises during school hours must report to Student Services. Recent changes to legislation means that a child that is persistently late to school may be referred to the Pupil Entitlement team and this could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice as described above.

Absence request forms

We draw parents’ attention to the harm done by taking students on holiday in term time. The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Head must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. Examples would include weddings and funerals. Parents are reminded that an unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) may lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Illness at School

Student Services will administer a boy’s own prescribed medication on completion of a medical form provided by school. Paracetamol, with prior permission of parent, will only be administered between 12:00 and 12:30 to avoid overdosing. Where a case seems sufficiently serious parents will be contacted and asked to take their son home or seek hospital treatment. Students may not return to school for 48 hours from their last episode of either vomiting or diarrhoea. This will help reduce the risk of illness spreading to others.