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Attendance + FAQs

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend school.  Students need to be in school by 8.25am, and need to be in registration when it begins at 8.30am.

However, if your child is unwell or unable to attend school for any reason we ask that parents telephone the academy before 8.30am or at lunchtime if they are not returning for the afternoon session. Should we not hear from you we shall contact you either by telephone or by text message during the first half day of absence. For parents not on the telephone a letter will be sent by first class post. We feel that such a system for checking on absence is in everyone’s interest.

Please be sure that any absence is followed up with a letter addessed to the Attendance Officer.

Good school attendance is important to enable young people to achieve and thrive in positive relationships within school. We should all be aiming for 100% attendance. Missing just 5% of school is equivalent to around two weeks absence over the school year.

The academy is no longer able to authorise holidays during term time. 

Following recent government guidelines any unauthorised absence can lead to the issue of a penalty notice and fine or commencement of a Fast Track Attendance Management procedure.


Please ensure your child gets to school on time. Punctuality is very important and the habit of late arrival impacts significantly on achievement at school.

PDF icon  Penalty Notice Code of Conduct

Frequently Asked Questions


When does my child need to be in School?
Your child should be at school by 8.25 and they can attend breakfast club at 8.00am

What happens if my child is late?
Registers are taken in all lessons.

Morning Registration

Students who are late to school are warned about their punctuality.  Any student who is 5 or more minutes late will be given a 30 minute detention at the end of that day.  Parents will be informed of this via a text message from the main office.

We value the support of parents with this approach as it is vital that students get into good habits in preparation for the world of work and to also ensure that they are present when important  messages are shared by their tutor.
Lateness after the register closes is classed as absence for that session (i.e. a whole morning or afternoon). Morning registration closes at 8.50am.
If a student is persistently late then the educational welfare officer may decide that a Penalty notice fine is appropriate.

Afternoon Registration
Students who arrive late to afternoon  lessons will be expected to make up the time at the end of the day and/or be placed in detention for 30 minutes.

Students will make up the time missed due to lateness after school. Where students are regularly late, parents will be expected to work with the school on strategies to improve their child’s attendance and/or punctuality.

Does the Academy need letters explaining my child’s absence or will a phone call do?
If your child is absent we ask you to phone the Attendance Officer and inform us of the reason for the absence by 8.30am. You can also inform your child’s Year Manager or send a note in via a sibling. Messages can also be left on the answer phone. Whatever happens, we need a written explanation on your child’s return to school.  If we do not receive an explanation, or if the explanation is unsatisfactory, we will not authorise the absence.

What reasons will the Academy accept for absences? 

·       Illness
·       Emergency dental/medical appointments
        (Please make routine appointments after school or during the Holidays)
·       Day of religious observance for the religion to which the family belon
·       Family bereavement

In cases of recurring absences through illness you will be asked to produce a medical certificate.

What is unacceptable?
The Academy will not authorise absence for day trips, visiting relatives, shopping, birthdays or looking after family members etc. Similarly we cannot accept taking siblings to school as a reason for persistent lateness.

Will the Academy contact me if my child is absent?
First day absence calls will be made by the Attendance Officer to ascertain why your child is not at school if we have not heard from you by 9.00am. If we are concerned about aspects of your child’s attendance or punctuality we will contact you to discuss the best way forward.