School Life

Absence

Absence Procedures:

If your child is absent you must: · Contact us (telephone/email) as soon as possible on the first day of absence; preferably by 8:40am.

Send a note in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence – you must do this even if you have already telephoned us. If your child is absent for 5 consecutive days you must:

Consult with a medical practitioner and provide evidence. This can include a practitioner note, appointment card and/or labelled medication. If your child is absent we will:

Text you on the first day of absence if we have not heard from you by 9.30am. A telephone call will also be issued if the student attendance is below 93%.

Telephone you again the following day if the absence persists. If we are unable to contact you by telephone we will write to you.

We may visit your home if your child is identified as having 90% or below attendance, to establish the reason for absence.

Invite you in to an Attendance Meeting to discuss the situation with the Student Support Officer. Should your child’s absence remain a concern, you will be invited in to meet with your child’s Head of House/Senior Leader.

Parents at risk of receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice will be asked to attend an attendance meeting to try to prevent further absence leading to prosecution.

Refer the matter to our Designated Senior Leader and/or the Local Authority if attendance moves below 90%.