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Attendance to School


Good attendance at school is necessary if students are to receive the education that is their entitlement and fulfil their potential.

If your child is absent from school, please ring us before 9.30am using the answerphone number 01373 855244.

We have put in the following measures to ensure 100% attendance:

a)       Instant phone call – If we do not receive a letter or phone call from you, by 9.30am, on the first day of absence then the school will contact you by parentmail message or phone.

b)       Letter – A letter will be sent on the first day of absence if the school has not received a letter or phone call and we have not had any response from our parentmail message or phone call.

c)       Attendance will be monitored regularly by Tutors, the Pastoral Team, Heads of Year and the Education Welfare Officer.

d)       If attendance falls below 95% you will receive a letter stating that the school is monitoring your son/daughter's attendance closely. If there is no improvement a School Attendance Meeting (SAM) will be arranged to discuss the reasons for absence.

e)       If attendance continues to deteriorate a referral may be made to the Educational Welfare Service.

Absence during Term Time

The Department for Education states: every day at school counts enormously and so does every consecutive day attended by pupils. Pupils need to be able to absorb new facts and knowledge, acquire new skills and consolidate before building further and progressing. They simply cannot do so if their structured school terms are disrupted by too many preventable absences.Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school. Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Requests for Leave of Absence

A request for leave of absence must only be considered if:

•     The parent the child normally lives with applies in advance for the absence;

•     There are exceptional circumstances for the absence

If the parent with whom the child normally lives does not apply for the absence this would be considered as an unauthorised absence and this parent would be liable to the issue of a Penalty Notice. Absence cannot be authorised if anybody else applies for the holiday.

All requests for Leave of Absence should be submitted on the form available from Main Reception or from link below. See also Leave of Absence Penalty Notice (Information for Parents and Carers).

Leave of Absence Request Form

Leave of Absence Penalty Notice (Information for Parents and Carers)

Information for Parents and Carers re Unauthroised absence from school - including requests for Leave of Absence (holidays in term time) from Wiltshire Council - 30 May 2017 can be downloaded here.