Good attendance is essential if students are to be happy in school and achieve.
Students who miss school find it very difficult to:
- Maintain friendships
- Cope in lessons
- Keep up with coursework and homework
- Feel part of school
- Achieve high grades at GCSE
Parents/Carers are asked not to take family holidays during term time. The school is not able to authorise such absences.
The school strives to achieve a whole school attendance target of 95% and we would expect that students only miss school if they are too ill to attend.
The attendance of all students is monitored very closely and is reported to parents at least each term, though students should always be aware of their own attendance figure.
Lesson Monitor and automated call systems.
The school uses an electronic registration system called Lesson Monitor and students are registered throughout the day at the start of each lesson.
If a student is ill, parents/carers can contact the school and leave a message to let us know. If no message is left and a student is missing from school, an automated message will go out to parents/carers informing them of their child’s absence and asking for a reason for the absence. This may be a contact by telephone, text message, email, or via the contact form on our website.
The first lesson begins at 8:40 a.m. and any student who is late will be missing key information at the start of a lesson. Any students arriving after 8:40 a.m. will serve a 30 minute detention on the day he or she is late.
Students should arrive in the school grounds NO LATER THAN 8:30 A.M.
Illness in School
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she should inform the class teacher, the form tutor or the Head of House.
A decision will then be made about whether the child needs to be collected from school, and if this is the case, school reception will contact parents/carers.
Students should not contact parents/carers directly as it is vital that staff in school know about any illness and where students are.
If a student receives a detention he/she is given a detention slip detailing when it is and for what reason.
Parents/carers also have the detention confirmed by text message, in advance of the detention.