It is clear that regular attendance and high achievement are linked. However, there may well be times when your child is too unwell to attend. If your child is unwell and therefore unable to attend school, it is essential to telephone the school on the first and all subsequent days of absence, preferably by 8:30 am.


For students in Years 7 to Year 11, please leave a message on our dedicated absence line: 01603 860505 option 1.


For students in Year 12 and Year 13, please leave a message on the sixth form direct line: 01603 861758 or email

It is important that your child is in school unless there is a very good reason not to be. You can help by ensuring, whenever possible, that dental and medical appointments for your child are made out of school hours.

If the absence is likely to be of long duration, arrangements can be made to send work home.

Following an absence it is expected that students will actively and promptly contact their teachers to ensure they have all the required work to continue successfully in their classes. Teachers may also expect students to complete missed work, such as additional homework, to ensure that they can access the curriculum.

From 1 September 2013 new regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Attendance Policy: Quick Guide

Leave of absence request form