Attendance guidance for parents and carers

When your child achieves full school attendance they are able to access their full potential both academically and socially, gaining skills and confidence that will enable them to live a full and rewarding life. Recent government guidance states:

“Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfill their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.”

Students should reach a minimum of 95% attendance each academic year as good attendance works hand in hand with your child attaining good results in their exams. Parents can monitor their child’s attendance via My Child at School (MCAS).

The School asks parents and carers to:

  • Refrain from organising family holidays during term time. The Head reserves the right to refuse permission for students to be absent for a vacation. All requests must be made in writing to the Head.

  • Contact the academy on the first day of absence, explaining the reason and the expected length of absence.

  • Write a note in the Student Planner for them to bring on the first day of their return.

  • Arrange medical and other appointments outside school hours where possible.

More information can be found on our attendance and punctuality policy within the Policies section.