Absence & Illness
The Attendance Team
Attendance Manager - Kelly McCarthy
01732 353544 Ext. 244)
Assistant Attendance Manager /Parent Support Advisor - Kathryn Clarke
If your child is absent, contact us every morning by 8-00 am in the following ways:
Telephone – 01732 778600 (new direct line)
EMAIL – firstname.lastname@example.org
The school has an automated messaging system which will inform you if your child is absent from the school and you have not informed us of this.
Please make sure you contact the school when receiving this message to let us know the reason why your child is not present.
Please note that parental replies are free of charge.
The school is open from 8:00 am and students should not be onsite before this. Staff supervision starts at 8:20 am and students arriving on site before this time will be unsupervised.
Your child should be on school site by 8:20 am ready for lessons starting at 8:30 am.
If you drop or collect your child by car at the start or end of the school day, please do not come onto the school site and stay away from the school entrance to avoid congestion.
Research has proven that students who do not regularly attend school do not achieve as well as they could. The law also requires all parents to ensure their child regularly attends school. The school deems that regular attendance should be 100%.
In the case of notification by telephone, a supporting letter signed by the parent/guardian should be sent to your child’s Advisor. This is a reliable way of ensuring the absence is genuine.
In cases where absences remain unexplained, parents will be contacted by phone, letter or may receive a visit from the Education Welfare Officer.
When reporting your child's absence from school, please remember to give specific details of the illness because “poorly/unwell” is not sufficient. We may not authorise the absence if this is regularly used.
Family holidays will not be authorised during term time unless in exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised holidays will be reported to the enforcement team at KCC and are likely to result in a parental fine.
Absence results in missed work and interruption to a child’s learning. Teachers are unable to set work to cover such absences.
Medical & Dental Appointments
Whenever possible, please try to make appointments outside of the school day. If students need to miss part of the day to attend an appointment, they will need to bring a letter to Student Services, where they will be signed out and issued with a school pass.
On return, they must report back to the visitor reception to be signed back in.
Students must not leave the school site without signing out.