Please be advised that there are some important changes to the Attendance and Punctuality Policy which will come into effect in January 2019 


We are always happy to support students and their families with any issues relating to attendance and punctuality. 


Please let us know if your son/ daughter is worried about anything in school and they don’t want to attend.


We can help! 


Our attendance target is 96% Every student is expected to attend above 95% (national average attendance) 



90% attendance means that your son/daughter is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half day every week and will be deemed a Persistent Absentee 


        1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks off from a 38 week school year. 


If your son/daughter continues to attend for only 90% of the time, then over five years your son/daughter will MISS the equivalent of about one half of a school year 





Holidays during term time are at the total discretion of the Principal.  We do not encourage such requests. 


Holidays should always be taken in school holidays.  Holidays taken in term time will be classed as unauthorised and will affect your son/daughter’s attendance record. Penalty Notice will be sought. 


  • We know cheaper holiday prices are a real incentive to book holidays in term time, but we would ask you to think carefully about the repercussions.  
  • The week before the holiday students may feel isolated as they are going to miss out or be too excited to concentrate. 
  • The week after they may feel worried as there are gaps in their learning and they don’t understand the work that has been covered during their absence. 
  • ‘Only under exceptional circumstances will a holiday be authorised’ 


Absence from one week of Year 7 means the following subjects will be missed: 


  • Maths 
  • English 
  • Science 
  • PE 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Technology 
  • Music 
  • Art 
  • Information Technology 
  • French/Spanish 
  • Drama 
  • i-Future 



If your son/daughter arrives after registration has been taken they are marked as an unauthorised absence.  This is then included on their attendance record. 


Every Minute Counts 


5 minutes late a day   – means 3 lost days over a year 


10 minutes late a day – means 6.5 lost days over a year 


15 minutes late a day – means 10 lost days over a year 


20 minutes late a day – means 13 lost days over a year 


30 minutes late a day – means 19 lost days over a year 



  • As a school we expect all students to attend (unless they have been diagnosed with a medical condition or have exceptional circumstances which stops them attending school).  


  • All students are expected to attend school during examination periods. 


  • If you take your son/daughter on holiday for two weeks during term-time in Years 7-11 and they have 5 days off for illness each year, they will have missed nearly a whole term of school when they sit their GCSE exams. 


  • Poor attendance is proven to have a negative effect on your son/daughter’s ability to gain the highest possible marks at GCSE/BTEC level.