What if absence is essential?
If your child is unable to attend school, the parent/carer must inform the school Attendance Officer before 8:30am that day.
If you are leaving a message to report a student absence please include their name, year or form group, reason for absence and expected length of absence.
If you are unsure of the length of absence please inform the Attendance Office before 8:30am on each day of absence.
To contact the Attendance Officer please use the details below:
Attendance Officer: Karen Ricketts Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone Number: 01952386800
What is an authorised absence?
Parents and carers can explain absences but they cannot authorise them. Only the school can decide whether explanations about absences are acceptable and can be authorised.
For all students whose absence is below 93%, the school will insist a doctor’s note or some form of medical evidence is provided. All other absences will be coded as ‘O’ and will not be authorised.
What about absence for Dental/Medical treatment?
A student may have to be absent from school for medical or dental treatment. The school must be informed if during school time, but where possible appointments should be arranged after school.
Please ensure that evidence is provided for appointments within school hours, staff will check this before allowing students to leave lessons. Alternatively, please inform the Attendance Officer and they will mark this accordingly on the register.
If students are leaving school site for any reason they must sign out at reception. Reception staff will ensure that students have permission to be leaving school site before allowing them to sign out.What if a student feels unwell during the school day?
If a student feels unwell during the school day they should inform their class teacher, the class teacher will then request for a member of staff to make an assessment of the child’s ability to stay in school. If there is a medical emergency a member of staff who is first aid trained will be called for immediately. If a child is deemed too ill to stay in school, a decision will be made by school and the attendance officer, and parents will be informed.