We expect the highest standards of attendance and punctuality. Research evidence and national statistics show there is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. For example, only 12% of pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95%. Attendance and punctuality also reflect pupil and parent commitment to achievement and to our school ethos. Each pupil is set a minimum attendance target of 95% per year. We encourage all students to work towards 100% attendance. Excellent attendance is celebrated and recognised at the end of each term at our awards assembly.

Your responsibilities as a parent

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.

Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues. If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.

Changes to government legislation from 1 September 2013

From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.

Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken. No parent/carer can demand leave of absence as a right.

We ask all parents to be mindful that taking a pupil on leave during term time interrupts teaching and learning and will disrupt your child’s educational progress. If you are considering taking leave during term time, please speak with the headteacher before making travel arrangements.