It is a legal requirement for students to attend school except in case of illness or with the permission of the Headmaster to be absent. Persistent absence, i.e. where attendance falls below 90%, may result in referral to the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer. We aim to achieve a minimum of 95% attendance rate.
Every minute at school is vital. Requests for absence for holidays, visits and the like will not be authorised. As a school we fully endorse British Values, one of which is respect for other people’s faiths. Pupils will be authorised absence for two days maximum for religious observation. Requests should be made by completing a leave of absence form in advance. However, in order to be fair and consistent, the Headmaster may request confirmation of a requirement for observation from an appropriate religious leader.
Parents are asked to contact the school on every day of a student’s absence from school because of illness or an emergency. The best way is to phone school and leave a message on the dedicated absence reporting option. Please ensure you report the pupils name, their year group/form and reason for absence. Special instructions e.g. after operations should also be sent in writing.
If an absence is anticipated, for example a doctor’s appointment, then these can be approved by the form tutor, to whom notice should be given. Requests for absence for exceptional circumstances for example, attending a family funeral, should be made by completing leave of absence form in advance