Church of England

Tel: 01905 746800

Absence arrangements

All student absences must be reported to the Attendance Office on 01905 727821 on the first day of the absence period. You are able to leave a message if, for whatever reason, your call is not answered. If a student is absent for more than 1 day a telephone call must be made each morning of the absence. The levels of attendance and academic achievement are clearly linked. Therefore, for your child to have the best possible education, it's important that they have as little time off school as possible. 
A note should be written to your son/daughter's tutor on his/her return to College.  

Leave of absence
If a student needs to attend a medical appointment, or requires a leave of absence for any other reason, a letter must be brought from home. The letter should be shown to your son/daughter's tutor.  The letter should also be shown to the class teacher from the lesson which your son/daughter is leaving and then shown to Reception, where your son/daughter will be asked to sign themselves out.  Students must sign back in at Reception on their return. 

If your child is ill
Please notify the College Reception of any infectious or contagious illness occurring in the household of a student. In such cases, a student should not attend College until a medical certificate has been submitted indicating that he/she may do so with safety to other students. To report an absence please contact us as soon as possible on 01905 746800. If there are going to be occasions when you know in advance that your child will be absent from school for appointments, we would ask that you let us know in writing as soon as possible.

Term time holiday
As of September 2013, the Department for Education amended the regulations for term time absence.  The amendments make it clear that Headteachers may only grant leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances.  Additionally, parents may be fined without prior consent. For more information, review our Attendance Policy or visit the Department for Education website.

Lateness
All students, if late, need to report to Reception to sign in.  They need to confirm the reason for lateness and the time they have arrived in College. Missing any part of the school day can mean your child misses important parts of their education.  We ask therefore that parents ensure their child gets to school on time. Please note that, if students are late and we have not received prior notice, then they will receive a break time detention. 

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