Attendance & Punctuality
Students should only be absent or late to school if they are genuinely ill or for medical or dental appointments, where these cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. Any other absence needs to be requested and, in all cases, the Headteacher’s decision is final.
In law, parents and carers are committing an offence if they fail to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of their child in school. If your child is absent and the school decides not to authorise it, this is then subject to legal action through a fine or prosecution.
From September 2015, all schools are required to work with Hampshire County Council to take legal action.
Parents / carers who choose to ignore the law are complicit with their child’s absence. This can include:
10 unauthorised absences for 10 or more sessions (equating to five days) in 100 sessions. These do not need to be consecutive sessions. For example, taking a child on a family holiday or lack of proof as to why a child is not in school.
Persistent lateness to school and this lateness is unauthorised for 10 or more sessions within 100 sessions.
Any unauthorised absence during any formal school examinations, assessment or testing.
Please note that each parent / carer can be issued a separate penalty notice and fine for each child.
Should parents have any concerns about their child’s attendance in school, they should contact their child's Head of Year in the first instance or Mr David Heard, Senior Assistant Headteacher.