In the case of illness parents must make contact with the college on the first day of absence, and all subsequent days of absence. Please make this phone call, text or email by 09:00. For any absence that we do not receive a reason for, the absence will be unauthorised.
The school will decide whether or not to authorise the absence, depending upon the reason given. The Code of Conduct sets out what actions must be taken for any child with 10 or more sessions (5 days) of unauthorised absence. This may lead to a penalty notice being issued.
- Telephone 02380 641232 and select option 1 from the menu to report an absence
- Send a text message to 01208 455002 (please note this number does not accept phone calls)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org (only to be used for absence reporting and only if we have your email address registered on our system)
Leave of Absence
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
Parents/Carers wishing to apply for leave of absence must apply in writing on the Leave of Absence form that can be obtained from the main school office. It must be in advance and before making any travel arrangements.
It is important to remind you that 1 week (5 days) of absence from school for a holiday taken during term time is recorded as an unauthorised absence and therefore from 1st September 2015 such absence will trigger the issuing of a fixed penalty notice by the local authority.
The Leave of Absence form states that the form serves as a Penalty Notice Warning letter to parents/carers.
Punctuality / Lateness
It is important to be on time at the start of the morning and afternoon school sessions and to lessons. The start of school is used to give out instructions or organise work. If your child is late they can miss work, time with their class teacher getting vital information, cause disruption to the lesson for others, and can be embarrassing leading to possible further absence. Such a reason will not include things such as missing the bus, clothes in the washing machine or lost shoes
REGISTRATION STARTS PROMPTLY AT 08:30am EVERY DAY
- If your child arrives during this period they will receive a “Late before registration closes”.
- Students who arrive after the register closes at 8.45am will be marked with an unauthorised absence code ‘U’ in line with county and Department for Education (DfE) guidance. This mark shows them to be on site, but is legally recorded as an absence for the whole session. This absence will be unauthorised unless the school is satisfied that there is a legitimate reason for the student to be late.
The following expectations apply to all students:
All lateness is recorded daily. This information will be required by the courts, should a prosecution for non- attendance or lateness be necessary.
- School starts at 08:30am and students should be here promptly to attend registration. Students are expected to be in school five minutes prior to this start time.
- As soon as the bell goes for the start of the day at 8.30am, any student arriving after this time must come through the reception and register themselves in the Late Book. We ask that the student provides an explanation for their lateness.
- If a student arrives after 8.30am with a genuine reason, this will be taken into consideration. Each student is treated on an individual basis.
- A text message will be sent to you during the course of the morning to inform you that your child was late to school and whether they have a 10 minute DT with the P4 teacher.
For health and safety reasons it is important that the school knows who is in the building. Students arriving late should therefore report to the main school office. It is important that all students arriving late follow this procedure.
For the same reason it is important that parents of students leaving the premises legitimately (eg: for a medical appointment), or returning to school later in the day inform the main school office. The school office will record that the child has left the school site and will mark them back in when they return.
Students who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of the other students. On-going and repeated lateness is considered as unauthorised absence and will be subject to legal action.
- Every Late = On the day of late – 10 min DT with P4 Teacher – Text Message Sent
- Consistently Late – Phone call home from the Year Leader – Lates will be unauthorised
- 10 or more unauthorised Lates – Further action leading to Penalty Notice Warning Letter
Where a child has unauthorised absence the school must enforce Hampshire’s Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices or follow its guidance on other Legal Measures for Non-Attendance. The Code of Conduct is a statutory document that ensures that powers for legal sanctions are applied consistently and fairly across all schools and their families with the authority.
Click here for Penalty Notice Information.