If your child is going to be absent from school, then you must inform the school and follow the correct procedures, below.
Achievement predicted by teaching staff is based on ‘Regular’ attendance which we expect to be 97% and above. Students with poor attendance rarely achieve their potential grades.
Illness is authorised at the discretion of the school.
Absence of 5 or more days must be supported by medical evidence.
Absence of 5 or more consecutive days without supporting medical evidence will not be authorised*.
*Unauthorised Absence may then be subject to a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority.
A Penalty Notice may be issued for 10 sessions of unauthorised absence or more (including family holidays in term time).
The Local Authority prosecute parent/ carers if Penalty Notices are unpaid.
Please Note: Students who accumulate 3 or more episodes of illness, of any length, in any half term, may be asked to provide medical evidence for ALL subsequent absences.
All absences must be reported before 10am each day. Illness is authorised at the discretion of the school.
If you know your child is going to be absent in advance please let us know as soon as possible. Contact the school office on 0121 516 2264.
Written notification giving details of absence can be handed in at Reception on return to school.
Returning to School
On return to school following 5 or more days of absence, medical evidence must be handed in at Reception. If evidence is not received after one week, the period of absence will not be authorised and may attract a Penalty Notice.
A ‘Return to School’ meeting may be arranged in order to ensure your child is aware of the support available in school to help them reduce the impact absence can have on their learning.
Examples of Authorised Absence
Hospital or Orthodontist appointment supported with appointment letter.