If your child is absent for any reason, please phone the 24 hour absence line on the first day of absence and state your child’s full name, year and tutor group, your relationship to the student and the reason for absence.

We would like to stress the importance of parents telephoning our 24 hour Absence Line – 01403 248111. Please call before 9:00am wherever possible.

If you know in advance that your child will be absent or late for any reason, please bring or send in a signed letter FAO the Attendance Officer as far in advance as possible. If this is not possible, please call the Absence Line on the morning of the absence.

Please note that if students sign in late and we have not received a letter or phonecall to confirm the reason, a break time detention will be issued.


Term time absences

From September 2013 the Department of Education have amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) regulations 2006, removing the reference to ‘family holiday’ and ‘extended leave’ as well as the statutory threshold of 10 days.  The amendments make it clear that Head Teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Please see the Department of Education website for further information.


Absence Request Form