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Pupil Absence

Could parents please inform school of any reason for absence as soon as possible, (ideally on the first day), stating when the child is expected to return to school.

Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child's education and to the school.

If your child will not be attending school, please report this to the school at you earliest opportunity. You can report an absence by calling the school on;

02920  859800   (Option 1) to speak with a member of staff or to leave a message on the answerphone during peak times. 


by completing the online absence notification form

In cases where neither of these options is convenient, purple absent slips are provided in the back of student planners for completion on their return to school.




Holidays / Leave of Absence

Parents can be given leave, by the school, to take a child on holiday. It should be noted, however, that there is no parental right to take a child out of school during term time for a holiday. Formal requests must be made to the Head teacher on the school’s official form. The application must be made by the parent (or the person with parental responsibility) with whom the child normally resides.

The Head teacher will not give leave automatically but will take into account:

  • the age of the child (No holiday will be authorised for pupils in KS4/KS5)
  • the time of year proposed, e.g. clashes with external examinations
  • the nature of the holiday
  • parental wishes
  • the views of the Progress Manager
  • the attendance record of the child.


Unless there are exceptional circumstances, pupils with attendance of less than 93% will not be considered.

If the pupil goes on holiday, which has not been approved by the school, the absence will count as unauthorised. (This will appear as a “G” mark on pupils’ attendance record).


The school will only agree to absences of up to 10 days, in any school year, in exceptional circumstances. (Pupil registration Regulations 1995 - regulations 3 and 4).

Parents are requested to avoid taking pupils on holiday, during term time, as far as possible, by way of school documentation, including the school Prospectus.

Parents wishing to apply for Leave of Absence, for their child, should contact the school at the earliest opportunity. This can be achieved by completing the online absence request form.

Alternatively a form entitled “Leave of Absence” can be obtained from the school. The form must be returned to the Progress Manager/Attendance Officer. The approved forms will be given to the Attendance clerk who will then enter the necessary codes into the register and return the confirmation slip home via post/ pupil.

The full attendance policy can be found in the Policies section of this website.