** From Friday 24th November **

It is now a TEXT only service for reporting an absence:

Dear parents/carers,

Please make a note of the TEXT number you will need to call to report your child absent from school. If we do need to contact you in return to clarify any information, we will call on 0114 303 4042.

Please email any supporting documents, such as photographs, medical letters or proof of appointments, to:

Attendance at Havant Academy


Phone: 0844 8365846

Text only:  07908 677634

If we ring you , this will be the number on the screen
0114 303 4042

Regular attendance is important if your child is to achieve success in school and we are working hard to reduce levels of pupil absence.

The Attendance Policy for Havant Academy can be found here

Attendance at Havant Academy

The Governors and staff of Havant Academy are committed to providing a full and effective education for all our students to ensure they achieve their potential in all that they do. We believe that all students benefit from the education we provide and from regular and punctual school attendance. To these ends, we will do all we can to ensure that all students attend regularly and that any problems which get in the way of this are identified and acted upon as soon as possible.

For further information and advice, please contact the Attendance Officer.


Phone: 0844 8365846


We expect that all students will:

 We expect that all parents will:

 Parents can expect that the Academy will:

Why is good attendance important?

Good attendance at school is vital for students to achieve their full educational potential and enhance opportunities for further education and work placements.

As well as good attendance being a legal requirement, research has also proved that students with good attendance records benefit in the following ways:

What constitutes good attendance?

Attendance percentages are not like examination results: an attendance percentage needs to be in the high nineties before it can be considered good. Consider the following examples:

 In order for an attendance record to be deemed good it must be 96% or above:

What does Havant Academy do to encourage good attendance?

We consider good attendance to be of such importance that we place a great deal of emphasis on it and put considerable resources into promoting it. Below are listed some of the strategies used:

What can parents do to support their child to achieve good attendance levels?

Parents play a very important role in ensuring the good attendance records of their children. Below is a list of suggested strategies:

What is Havant Academy’s position on granting leave for family holidays?

Attendance is very important and therefore, the Academy and governors took the decision not to authorise holidays taken in school time.

Any parent/carer wishing planning to take their child/children on holiday during term time are strongly advised against this and are given a full reason why the holiday has been denied by the Academy. If you do wish to ask permission for Leave of Absence (holiday in term time) you must write to the Principal in the first instance requesting permission; failure to do this can lead to legal action being taken. It is not given that because you have written in that we will authorise the Leave of absence as each case is evaluated on its on merit.

All children of compulsory school age who are registered at a School or Academy that fail to attend regularly are subject to legal action being taken against parent/s and carers under section 444 of the 1996 Education Act

What is an unauthorised absence?

Only the Academy can authorise an absence. An explanation given by a parent is not, necessarily, sufficient for the Academy to authorise an absence.

According to guidelines to schools an absence may only be authorised if the absence is due to:

 Absences which the Academy is NOT able to authorise include:

Does it matter if my child has recorded unauthorised absences?

It is the law for parents to ensure that their child has the benefit of regular education. Recorded unauthorised absences show that parents are in breach of this law. In addition, unauthorised absences, including truancy, are recorded on the register in the same way. Thus, future employers, colleges or universities will not be able to differentiate between different unauthorised absences and may decide that the attendance record shows a lack of commitment to education and authority.

What can I do if my child is starting to present attendance difficulties?

These difficulties can show themselves in a number of different ways e.g. a reluctance to go to school, feigning illness, failure to attend school even though the child is sent, missing lessons whilst in school. If a problem seems to be emerging parents should:

What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?

Havant Academy never takes such action lightly and would far rather work with parents/carers to improve attendance without having to resort to any enforcement actions.

Under section 444 of the Education Act 1996 a penalty fine will be issued. The cost of the fine is £60 payable within 21 days. If this remains unpaid it increases to £120 within a further 7 days. If this remains unpaid then we being proceeding to court action that can lead to higher fines, possible custodial sentences, parenting orders and community orders.

More information can be found here