Promoting positive behaviour and excellent attendance is the responsibility of the whole school community.

The school will promote positive behaviour and good attendance through its use of curriculum and learning materials. Good attendance and behaviour by pupils will be recognised appropriately. All children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

To report a pupil absence

Please phone 01543 480 321 and select option 1 or email

You need to state:

  • Pupils name
  • Year group
  • Reason for absence

The school should receive absence calls/emails by 9.30am on the day of absence.

Attendance Matters

Regular and punctual; attendance at school is not only a legal requirement but helps to ensure that pupils are able to make the most of their educational experience, realise their full potential and get the best possible start to their adult life.

Missing time from school can lead to pupils falling behind in their studies, arriving late to school disrupts teaching routines and can affect the learning of others.

As a school we ask that pupils achieve at least 96% attendance. We recognise for some this may be a challenging target. Therefore, we will provide additional support to pupils and their families to encourage excellent attendance.

The table below indicates how much learning time is lost as a result of poor attendance/punctuality. Even at 95% attendance a pupil has missed 10 days of teaching over a school year.

Attendance %Days Absent Over a School YearMinutes Late Every DayDays of Education Lost Per Year

Key Points to Note:

Too ill to attend?

  • A parent or care should contact school before 9.30am via email on or leave a message on the absence line 01543 480 321 option 1, and leave the following details
    • Pupils name
    • Year group
    • A brief reason for the absence

Marked as absent without a reason?

  • A text will be sent home, please respond with a reason for the absence as a matter of urgency so that we know that your child is safe.

Proof of illness requested?

  • This may happen for extended periods of absence or where a pupil’s attendance is less than 90%.

Suffering from sickness and/or diarrhoea?

  • Pupils should not return to school until 48 hours from the last episode.

Routine medical and dental appointments?

  • Should be made outside of school hours.
  • For unavoidable appointments to be authorised a copy of the appointment card/letter is required.
  • Pupils should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment, a full day’s absence will not normally be authorised.


  • A late mark (L) will be applied to pupils who arrive in a morning after 8.55am

Leave of Absence?

  • Leave of absence refers to any pre-planned absence from school (part lesson, lesson, full or part day) that is for a reason other than one related to time off for medical appointments or illness. Leave of absence should be applied for by completing the Leave of absence request form at least 2 weeks in advance of the absence.  A formal response will be sent to parents /carers. Please see the school’s attendance policy on our website for further details.
  • Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the Leave of Absence form