Every Lesson Matters

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open.

Why Regular Attendance is so important:

  • Learning and Achievement – there is a clear link between high attendance and high achievement.
  • Of students who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.
  • Of students who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.
  • Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Figures shown above published by the Dept. of Education April 2012


If Your Child is Absent We Will:

First Day AbsenceFirst day contact will be carried out as early as possible in the school day, in order to notify parents whose children may have set off for school, but not arrived, as quickly as possible.

Second Day Absence Contact – If the child is still absent on the second day without contact from the family, a telephone call will made to the home. The family may be asked to come to school for a meeting. This can also be discussed with the parent/carer on the telephone.

Three Days Absence ContactIf your child has been absent for three days and we have not heard from the parent, we will try to contact you one final time. If we are still unable to make contact via the telephone, we will conduct a home visit. Medical evidence will be requested for absences. If the parent/carer is unable to provide medical evidence absences will be unauthorised


Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and vital information and news for the day. Late arrival students also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.

How we manage lateness:

The school day starts at 08.00.

  • Registers are marked by 08.10 and if your child arrives after 8:00am, he will receive a late mark.
  • If your child arrives after 08.10 they must sign in with the reception and collect a late slip before entering class.
  • If your child is persistently late you will be asked to meet with your child’s Tutor to resolve the problem.

You can however also approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.