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Absence of School Student

Attendance at school is very important for all students and we ask that you support us by ensuring your child comes to school everyday on time and ready to learn.

Please contact the school immediately if your child is going to be absent and make follow-up calls if required.  Ring our Student Absence Line which goes directly to our Attendance Officer on 01454 862518. For Sixth Form students, please call 01454 862150. There is an answerphone available for you to leave a message if you call out of school hours.

We would request that parents make these calls, not students and that you leave the name and tutor group of your son/daughter along with a brief message relating to the reason for their absence, this allows us to efficiently update our Attendance System.

We have an automatic first day call system which will call the parents of students who are absent from school that morning with no reason given. It is important that if students are late they register with their tutor or after 8:50am at Student Services.

Our school target for attendance is 95% each year. Most students reach or exceed this target. We’ve even had some students go 5 years without a single absence! However remember an attendance record of 90% means one day off every fortnight over the year, or 6 months off over five years. It’s surprising how it adds up!

Here are a few reasons why regular attendance is important:-

  • Students will not be able to keep up with school work and fall behind.
  • Employers want to be sure that they are hiring reliable people. Students who have irregular attendance have less chance of getting a job.
  • Young people who are off school are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse.
  • Young people may be drawn into antisocial or criminal behaviour.

If you would like to discuss any issues regarding absences or have any questions or queries about our attendance system please do not hesitate to call our Student Centre.

Request for Absence of School Student

From 1 September 2013 the Department of Education has amended regulations governing requests for absence in term time. From September 2013 holiday during term time will not be granted. Other absences will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Further guidance on these regulations can be accessed at

Gov.uk - School attendance

Gov.uk - Parental responsibility measures for behaviour and attendance.

Click here to download a Leave of Absence form

The form should be returned to Student Centre at least 7 days before the start of the absence. Please return the whole form, do not detach the slip, one form should be completed for each child involved in the requested absence.