Good attendance at school is essential to future academic, financial and social success. We aim for all students to achieve 100% attendance. A child with 90% attendance misses half a day per week, 8 days per term, 4 weeks in a year and a huge 20 weeks by the time they have left us in Year 11. This has a significant impact on examination results and, in turn, on potential career earnings. Additionally, students are less well prepared for the rigours and demands of the workplace. 

Parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child is attending school. The school is committed to providing support to help parents with attendance where required, but it may also be necessary for us to take legal or other relevant action if a child’s attendance continues to be below 95%. If you are struggling with your child’s attendance, we urge you to contact us as early as possible as issues are easier to overcome the quicker they are identified and tackled. 

We strongly urge you to send your child in to school under all circumstances unless:

  1. They are vomiting or have diarrhoea, in which case they should not return to school for 48 hours after the last time this occurred.
  2. They have an illness that is contagious, in which case they should not return until they are no longer contagious.
  3. They have a serious injury or illness which would mean it would be unsafe for them to be in school (under most circumstances, we can carry out a risk assessment and make adjustments so that a child with, for example, a broken leg, can attend and participate).

Please do not keep your child at home because:

  1. They have a headache, cold or other minor illness.
  2. You are unable to arrange transport for them (they must walk, catch a bus or train).
  3. You or a member of your family is ill. 

Click here to read a useful NHS guide – Should my child go to school?

We rarely send children home from school for illness and would only do so in serious cases. We appreciate your support in encouraging your child to persevere until the end of the day so that their condition can be assessed at home.

Please be aware of your child’s illnesses and complaints of feeling ill. If there is a pattern, this can sometimes be linked to anxiety about particular subjects or situations. Parents/ carers are advised to discuss these with your child and contact their Tutor to determine how we can support you.

Medical appointments should, wherever possible, be made out of school hours. However, if this is not possible please write a note in your child’s planner on the day they are required to leave school, for your child to show to their Tutor / Teacher. You do not need to contact the school as well.

The school operates an absence system that will notify parents, via text, that their child is not registered within school. Notification will be sent by approximately 11:30 am each day informing you that we have no record of your child being registered in school. If you expect your son/daughter to be at school or you have not reported them absent then please telephone and ask to speak to the Attendance Officer.

Reporting an absence

Parents/carers must PHONE the school on each and every day that a student is absent:
01983 409110.

On return to school, please send your child in with a letter explaining the specific reason for absence (not just that they were ‘unwell’).

Bring in evidence of appointments to the Year Manager beforehand.


Punctuality is as important as attendance. We expect all students to arrive in good time so that they can be prepared for their learning. Parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure students arrive on time for each school session and individual lessons; the school will, however, always seek to support families of students who are persistently late to help improve punctuality. When a student is late, a system of sanctions, as outlined below, is applied. 

Students must come to school via the student entrance which is clearly marked. All other routes into school are closed in the morning. If a student arrives after morning registration has begun at 08:35, they must enter the school via the main reception.  Here, their name will be recorded and they will be required to complete a detention at break time or after school detention that same day, depending on the amount of minutes late. 

Students who are late on multiple occasions will receive escalating sanctions.  If students are late due to an issue with public transport, the school is always made aware of this and the affected students will not be sanctioned in any way. To help students get to registration on time, they are required to be in school by 08:25. Students who arrive after morning registration has closed, at 08:35 on a Monday to Friday, will be marked absent.

Good and improved punctuality and attendance are rewarded in the school through the use of house points, certificates and prizes at an individual and collective level. 

Attendance is the key to good attainment and academic achievement across the school. We aim to strive for no less than 100% attendance.


End of Year Rewards Trips 

As a reward for good behaviour and attendance, students are given the opportunity to attend an end of year trip.

In the summer term 2019 students had an excellent time and really enjoyed a day off site taking part in a wide range of activities, amidst glorious weather.

Year 7 students enjoyed a day at Robin Hill, exploring the new Jungle Heights, Toboggan Run and Water slide. Year 8 students watched Toy Story 4 in a private viewing at Ryde Cinema and then went on to compete against each other bowling at Ryde Superbowl.  Year 9 students had an exhilarating day at Lymington Water Baths; making their way through 200m of inflatable obstacle courses and trying out the stand up paddle boards. Thorpe Park was the destination for over 70 students in year 10, who loved the thrilling theme park rides. All in all, a great day!

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