School Attendance and Absence
Students who arrive late for school should sign in at student services, located at the front office
AM registration is at 8:40am, students need to be in the school building by 8:35am. PM registration is at 1:40pm, The PM register is the register taken at the beginning of P5.
Any student arriving after 8:40am will be given a one hour detention to be completed after school, on the same day. Failure to attend may result in additional consequences.
Arrival of a student after the register has been taken but before the register closes will be recorded as late (L) for that session.
Arrival more than 20 minutes after the register has closed requires a reason to be provided by the parent. U code may be entered on the register. 13 or more U codes in one academic year may result in the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £120 per parent per child (reduces to £60 if paid within 21 days)
If your child has a doctor, dentist or medical appointment we require a note /letter from you in your child's journal explaining when and why your child will be absent and for how long. Your child will need to show this note to their Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year in advance.
Most doctor and dentists offer appointments outside the school day, when possible we encourage parents to choose these times so it does not disrupt your child's learning.
You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs. You can send your child to school or educate them yourself.
Children must get an education after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the second year they turn 16.
You will be contacted by either:
- the school - if your child is enrolled in school and doesn't turn up (even if they're absent for one day)
- the Council's Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) - if they think your child is not getting a suitable education at home.
You can be prosecuted if you don't give your child an education. You'll normally get warnings and offers of help from the local council first.
You can get educational and attendance information from your council.
When can your child miss school
You can only allow your child to miss school if either:
-they're too ill to go in
-you've got advance permission from the school
There's extra support available if your child can't go to school for long periods because of a health problem.
Holidays in term time
You have to get permission from the headteacher in advance if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
-you make an application to the head in advance (as a parent the child usually lives with)
-there are exceptional circumstances
It is up to the headteacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school's permission.