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Attendance & Absence Guidance



The school’s Attendance Policy underlines the fact that regular attendance is the key to a child doing well at school and will set him or her up with good habits for later life and participation in the wider world. Attendance is monitored daily and pupil absenteeism checked promptly. Registration is at 8.55 a.m. and 1.15 p.m. each day. Percentage attendance is calculated for each tutor group on a weekly basis and a trophy presented to the tutor group with the highest attendance rate. There are further rewards each half term for tutor groups and individuals with excellent attendance.


Studies show that absence from school during term time affects pupils’ learning and achievements, and as parents and guardians you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school regularly. If your child is away from school due to illness, please inform the school office on the first day of absence, on their return to school they should bring a letter or note confirming the reason for the absence. Family holidays need to be taken during school holidays. If your child needs to be out of school for any other reason, permission must be sought in writing and will only be given in exceptional circumstances. Absence request forms are available from the school office.

For advice on Coronavirus related absence - please see our Coronavirus page.