We believe that all students are only able to achieve their potential if they attend school punctually and avoid missing lessons.  We expect students to achieve 100% attendance and punctuality. Individual student records prove that this is achievable.

Good attendance contributes to:

  • personal and social development
  • continuity of learning making retention and progress easier
  • success in tests and examinations
  • fulfilment of coursework requirements
  • good references for further education or employment
  • a reputation for reliability

What does the school do to encourage good attendance?

  • Individual rewards for students with good and excellent attendance records
  • Individual and group targets are set for attendance where necessary
  • Regular attendance information sent to parents/carers to assist them in monitoring their child’s attendance
  • Regular promotion of good attendance in assemblies and at parents’/carers’ evenings
  • Detailed analysis of attendance figures and trends for individuals, year groups, sub groups and the whole school
  • Regular reports to governors
  • Computerised registration system which allows every lesson to be monitored
  • A member of the office staff dedicated to the administration of attendance
  • Automatic contact with parents/carers when students absent or late
  • Dedicated School Attendance Officer
  • Support for students and parents/carers where attendance difficulties are emerging

Parents/carers make a vital contribution to their child’s attendance by:

  • supporting their child in achieving 100% attendance
  • monitoring their child’s attendance by checking the report which is sent home
  • avoiding dental/medical appointments during school time
  • ensuring their child arrives punctually at school
  • encouraging their child to catch up on work missed through absence
  • informing the school in the morning if their child will be absent
  • taking vacations during school holidays and NOT in term time

The school has a responsibility to:

  • record daily, students’ attendance and punctuality
  • provide attendance and punctuality percentages
  • monitor all attendance and punctuality
  • share concerns with regard to attendance and punctuality with parents/carers and the school’s Attendance Service
  • decide whether to authorise student absence from school (see below)
  • set attendance targets

Authorising Absences

Only the school can authorise absence. Government guidelines are specific and allow the school to authorise the following:

  • student absence through leave granted only by the school – this commonly includes medical appointments, interviews and other similar special  authorised circumstances
  • student illness
  • religious observance where applicable

Examples of absence which have not been authorised in the past include:

  • shopping trips
  • “looking after” brother/sister, cat/dog, elderly relative etc.
  • arrival after the close of the register (9.15am) with no valid reason for the late arrival
  • truancy
  • day trips
  • holidays taken during term time

Reporting Absences:

If your child is absent from school please contact school on the first day of their absence prior to their start time on 0151 230 1320 or by emailing [email protected]

If they are going to be absent for more than 1 day please advise of a return to school date, if this is not stated a call everyday of their absence is required.