The proper place for students to be on a school day is at school. If students are not at school, and have a justifiable reason, parents should telephone the school before 8.30 am on the first day of absence. Parents are asked not to arrange family holidays during term time.
It is best to take medical and dental appointments outside of school hours. However, if students must leave school during the day for any reason, they should have a note from parents confirming the appointment. Students must sign out at reception, and sign back in on their return.
Punctuality and Attendance
Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management, students must be in the appropriate classroom at the right time.
If they arrive late to school in the morning, they must sign in at the appropriate school reception. This will be marked late in the register, and they will also need a note to explain their late arrival. Consistent lateness may result in time being made up after school in line with academies behaviour for learning protocols.
Illness and Accidents
If students feel unwell or have an accident, they must inform a member of staff straight away. If necessary, a First Aider will then be contacted. If the school deems that they are too ill to remain in school or if hospital treatment is necessary parents will be contacted. It is therefore, essential that you inform the school if any of your contact details (addresses, telephone numbers) change – we may need them in an emergency.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD STUDENTS LEAVE THE SCHOOL OR GO HOME WITHOUT PERMISSION.
School Policy on Authorizing Absence
For all pupils time lost due to requests for holidays or family events can affect learning and damage examination chances: important parts of the syllabus and/or coursework can be missed, and these can be very difficult to catch up on. Under the law, parents may request absence from school. The school will only grant permission for absence in term time only if there are exceptional circumstances. All cases are different, and each application will be looked at on a case by case basis.
We will always judge individual cases on their merits, and reserve the right to depart from this policy in rare cases, at our discretion. However, a convincing case must be put forward when the request is submitted. Requests for leave of absence should be made in writing to the Principal. In the Sixth Form, the legal position is different, since the students are coming to school by choice. However, we are always very disappointed when family holidays are arranged during term-time. These can (and often do) have an effect on grades at the end the course; in turn, this can mean that students fail to get in to their preferred university, which can significantly alter the course of their lives.
Please refer to our Pupil Attendance Policy