For Years 7-11 please use our dedicated absence line: 01283 247858
For Sixth Form please use the dedicated Sixth Form absence line: 01283 890772
Please ensure you tell us:
Absences must be reported each day the child is absent. Please do not state they are ‘unwell’ or that you have ‘emailed their tutor/head of year’.
In order to record the absence and offer support to students when needed we need to understand why they are absent.
You can also report if your child will be late via the absence line.
Appointments should, where possible be arranged around the school day. If you are unable to be scheduled at any other time you should make the school aware of the appointment before the student is absent from school.
You must provide evidence of the appointment for this to be recorded and authorised correctly. This can be taken to the data hub or 6th Form Office by the student or emailed.
Should your child have an ongoing medical illness please do let the school know so that a Medical Health Care Plan can be completed.
All requests for Leave of Absence must be submitted in writing in advance of the absence. You must provide documents to support the reason for absence e.g. wedding invitation, proof of travel, exam or competition confirmation.
For Years 7-11 please email email@example.com
For Sixth Form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Headteachers are unable to authorise absence for leave in Term Time unless the reasons for this are deemed to be exceptional.
Unauthorised leave of absence could lead to a Penalty Notice being issued by the local authority, per parent, per child.
Reasons we may request medical evidence:
If attendance is below expected levels (93%)
If the student is absent for 4 or more days in a row
If we believe the student is absent for reasons other than illness.
If the student will be attending a medical/dental appointment during the school day.
What is medical evidence?
An appointment card or letter, copy of a prescription, blood test form, confirmation of a booked appointment (text/email), dated letter or note from a medical professional, confirmation of test result (text/email). This is not an exhaustive list.
Medical evidence can be taken to the data hub by the student or emailed to email@example.com
Is your child regularly missing school due to ill health?
Have there been a change in home circumstances that impact of their school attendance or lateness?
Does your child refuse to attend school?
Are you unsure about how absence and lateness has been recorded?
If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance or their lateness please contact Mrs Toy the Attendance Intervention Manager on 01283 247 800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Toy works with Heads of Year, Pastoral Staff and the Safeguarding Team as appropriate to offer you the right support.
There are a number of ways that as parents/carers you can support your child: