Regular attendance is an essential foundation for creative and effective learning.  Attendance has a major impact on students’ academic performance.

What are the legal responsibilities of parents?

  • To ensure that your child is educated at school

What does this actually mean?

Your child must:

  • attend school regularly
  • arrive at school on time

Students should not be kept away from school for:

  • family holidays
  • looking after relatives; including younger siblings
  • minding the house
  • visiting relatives
  • long weekends
  • shopping trips

If you keep your child away from school for any of the above reasons you are breaking the law.

For all absences, we would ask that parents/carers contact the school for each day of absence.

Short Term Absence

In the event of a student being unable to attend school, we require one of the following:

  • a telephone call to Reception stating reason for absence
  • an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  stating reason for absence
  • a written note of dates and reason for absence, to be given to the student's form tutor on return to school

In the event of an unknown absence, please be aware that we may contact you as part of our attendance and safeguarding policy.

Holidays in Term Time

School policy follows LA guidelines and DfE regulations.  Please see the Holiday Form 2013-2014 under 'Downloadable Forms' for further information.