Attendance And Punctuality Policy

We work hard to promote and sustain good attendance.

First day of absence

Parents should contact the school on the first day of absence, giving a reason for the absence and expected date of return. The telephone number for reporting absence is 01604 864042 – North Campus or 01908 563468 – South Campus. Alternatively, contact can be made via email:

What does ‘good’ attendance mean?

95% to 100% attendance – when a student arrives on time and attends every lesson

What does ‘unsatisfactory’ attendance mean?

  • Attending 90% of the time or less. This will have a serious effect on learning.
  • One day’s absence every two weeks will give 90% attendance.
  • Continual lateness to registration and lessons.

Rewards for good attendance will be issued each term i.e. Christmas, Easter and Summer. Rewards certificates will be issued as follows:

100%  attendance – Gold Certificate

98%-99.9% attendance – Silver Certificate

97.9%-96%   attendance – Bronze Certificate

We recommend that these certificates are kept safe as employers may want evidence of attendance and these certificates are a good way to show this.


It is important that students are on time for school as lateness causes disruption to lessons. Students should be on the school site ready for registration at 8.45am. It is vital that any student who is late or had a medical appointment signs in at Student Services. A letter of explanation or an appointment card is needed when lateness or absence is due to medical appointments. All know lateness should be reported to school with the expected time of arrival.

Holidays during term time

Parents/Carers are strongly urged not to take holidays during term time. We would like to remind you that we will not automatically authorise requests for absence. There are 175 days a year in which holidays should be taken. Continuity in learning through regular attendance is a key factor in a student’s achievement. We know many parents are supportive of school through avoiding organising holidays for their children during term time. We are grateful for this.