It is a parent's legal responsibility to ensure that a child attends school, and that the school is properly informed of the reason for any break in attendance.

Reporting your child's absence

If a student in Years 7 to 11 is absent for any reason, the parent should phone the school to report this before 8.30am on the day of absence.

The following information will be required: Student’s name / tutor group / reason for absence / when they are expected to return to school.

STUDENT Absence line - 020 8572 4461 or

Authorised absence is where the school has given approval for a student to be away, or has accepted an explanation offered afterwards as a satisfactory justification for absence. All other absences will be treated as unauthorised, including holidays taken during term time.

Attendance at School


Why is attendance important?

  • Many students have an attendance rate of around 90%. Most parents and students think that this is pretty good. But is it?
  • If you have a 90% attendance record, it means that you are absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half-day every week. A 90% attendance rate means that you have missed the equivalent of four whole weeks of lessons in the school year
  • If your attendance rate is at 90% throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (five years) you have missed the equivalent of about one half of a school year
  • One in five students miss 19 days a year- these students will drop at least ONE GCSE GRADE
  • One to four GCSE grades can increase your wages by 17%
  • Five or more GCSE A-C grades can increase your wages by 41%
  • If you improve your attendance by 1% you could see a 5-6% improvement in your attainment


If your child’s attendance drops below 94% they will be placed on the first stage of our attendance reporting system and in most cases you will be called in to meet with us.

Excellent attendance will be celebrated with certificates and rewards at the end of every term.

Attendance Officer: Ms A. Oakham

Assistant Headteacher for Student Welfare: Ms K. Halpenny