Term Dates & Attendance

Frequently asked questions

My child seems ill, but I don’t think it’s severe enough for him/her to take the day off. What should I do?
Feeling under the weather – colds, headaches, stomach pains etc., affect us all, but not to the point that we need to miss school or work. Medication can be left with staff in Student Services if your child needs to take it. A child who has an injury, such as a sprained ankle, can be allowed out of lessons five minutes early and can use the lifts.

My child claims he/she is ill, I don’t think it’s genuine. What should I do?
Sometimes your child may want to avoid school. This may indicate that there are wider issues that need addressing. Send your child to school and contact the Head of Year about the situation. The Head of Year will follow it up – see contact details below.

My child is definitely ill with a fever. What should I do next?
Contact Ms K Patel, our Attendance Officer, by 9.30am on the morning of the absence. If your child is off school for three days or more, please provide a doctor’s note on your child’s return. If the illness is so severe that he/she is absent for a week or more, we can arrange for work to be sent home to ensure that his/her education is not disrupted.

My child has a doctor’s appointment during school time. What should I do?
Please try to avoid doctors’ and dentists’ appointments during the school day. Doctors’ appointments are usually available after school hours as surgeries are open until at least 5pm. If your child must attend an appointment, for example at a central London hospital, please ensure that he/she attends school for part of the day at least, leaving early or arriving late (with a note).

There is a family wedding during term-time. Can we take the day/s as holiday?
No. We cannot authorise holidays during term time. Put all requests for emergency leave in writing to Mr J. Hermon, Assistant Headteacher. If students are taken out of school by parents without our permission, it counts as unauthorised absence. If they are out of school for 10 days or more, they are taken off-roll and need to re-apply to the school via the Civic Centre. NB we cannot guarantee to re-admit pupils. Evidence will always be requested by the school in order to comply with the law.

My child’s report shows a number of unauthorised absences. What does this mean?
These are absences we do not consider reasonable and for which we have not given leave. They include: parents keeping children off school unnecessarily; truancy before or during the school day; absences that are not properly explained; and students who arrive at school too late to get a mark. Note that looking after an ill brother or sister, or going to the airport to welcome or see off a relative, cannot be authorised by the school and therefore is recorded as an unauthorised absence.

My child’s report shows a number of unauthorised lates. What does this mean?
This means that your child has arrived at school after 9.30am without good reason. Dropping off a brother or sister at school, the alarm clock not going off or problems with transport are not valid reasons for lateness and will be recorded as unauthorised lates.

To avoid lateness, we advise students to be on site by 8.30am.