Good attendance is important because:
- statistics show a direct link between under-achievement and absence below 95%
- regular attenders make better progress, both socially and academically
- regular attenders find school routines, school work and friendships easier to cope with
- regular attenders are more successful in transferring between primary school, secondary school, and higher education, employment or training.
Reporting Student Absence
Call us and leave a message on our dedicated absence line via the school office phone number
please tell us the following information:
•The name of the student who will be absent or late;
•The reason for absence.
Parents should contact the school EVERYDAY that their child is absent from school.
If this is not done then a text will be sent informing parents of their absence. Thank you.
Please see our Attendance and Punctuality Procedure which details how we monitor attendance and the procedure that we follow if this falls below our expected standards
The school day begins at 8.45am and all pupils are expected to be in school and ready to start learning at this time. Morning registration is completed as close to 8.45 am as possible and arrival after this time will result in an L code before 9am.
All lateness is recorded daily. This information will be required by the courts, should a prosecution for non-attendance or lateness be necessary. Arrival after the close of registration at 9am will be marked as unauthorised absence and coded U in line with Hampshire County Council and Department of Education guidance. This mark shows them to be on site, but is legally recorded as an absence.
If a pupil is late due to a medical appointment, they will receive an authorised absence, coded M. Please be advised that, where possible, doctors and dentists appointments are to be made outside of school hours or during school holidays. You may be asked for proof of appointment.
Absence Requests in Term Time
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations state that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is important to note that headteachers can determine the length of the authorised absence, as well as whether absence is authorised at all. The fundamental principles for defining exceptional are rare, significant, or unavoidable, which means the event could not reasonably be scheduled at another time. There are no rules on this as circumstances vary from school to school and family to family. There is, however, no legal entitlement for time off in school term time to go on holiday and in the majority of cases holiday will not be authorised.
Parents/carers wishing to apply for leave of absence need to fill in an application form which is available from our website or a paper form available from the school office in advance and before making any travel arrangements. If term-time leave is taken without prior permission from the school, the absence will be unauthorised and if the number of sessions absent hits the thresholds set down in Hampshire County Council’s Code of conduct, parents/carers will be issued with a fixed-penalty fine or other legal action in accordance with the code. Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children out during school time.
Upon receiving a leave of absence request form, Mrs Dudley will take into account the circumstances and make a decision whether the absence constitutes exceptional circumstances and can therefore be authorised. If more information is needed in order to make an informed decision or if attendance is already a concern, you will be invited to make contact with the school to come in and discuss the absence. Failure to do this will result in the absence being recorded as unauthorised in every circumstance.