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Attendance and Punctuality

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and therefore they should be at school every day and on time, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.  We want all of our students to receive an education which maximises their opportunities to achieve their full potential.  


Attendance from September 2019 is compulsory at post-16 study so is now covered by the law relating to attendance (Section 7 of the Education Act 1996).  Attendance figures are included in academic reports issued by the school and could be reported in any reference written by The King’s School relating to a student’s progression to higher education, further education or employment.  It is crucial in these highly competitive times, whether applying for work, training or university, that our students have a high level of attendance.


The minimum attendance expected is 96%:


  • The student may be asked to pay for their exam entries
  • The student is not entered for examinations
  • The student is asked to leave the Sixth Form


Students are expected to attend every registration and timetabled session published on their programme of study.  This includes daily chapter times and private study sessions. Any student missing timetabled sessions without authorisation, will be referred to the Head of Sixth Form and appropriate sanctions will be applied. We will praise and reward good attendance and punctuality.



Any foreseen absence must be notified to the Head of Sixth Form in advance in the form of a letter from the student’s parent/guardian or an official letter i.e. hospital appointment letter/card, this includes:

  • University open days
  • University, college and job interviews
  • Driving tests
  • Family/Religious celebrations
  • Medical appointments
  • Sporting events
  • Compassionate Leave


In the event of an absence, e.g. illness, without prior knowledge, a parent or guardian should contact the school to inform of the student’s absence – please ring Mrs Z Williams(Attendance Officer) on: 01782 783281. 

On return to school the student should bring a letter from the parent/guardian confirming the absence for those days. The Head of Sixth Form should receive this within 48 hours.


Please note:

Any student with a continuous absence of longer than five school days is expected to provide a medical note in the case of illness before the absence will be authorised. 

Should a student require more than ten school days absence due to illness, parents/guardians are expected contact the school to discuss the student’s ability to continue with their study programme. Cases will be considered on an individual basis.

 Any student with unauthorised continuous absence of longer than 20 school days will be assumed to have left the school and will be removed from the school roll.


UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE – the following reason for absence will not be authorised:

  • Driving lessons
  • Shopping trips
  • Studying at home outside any allocated study leave
  • Holidays (see below)
  • Other activities not deemed to be appropriate



In the case of family holidays, a form must be obtained from the school office and returned to Mrs Z Williams (Attendance Officer).  Students should not take holidays in term-time and will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Holidays should not be taken during the main examination period.


Please be aware that some subjects have written and/or practical examinations outside this time and advice should be sought from the school before holidays are booked.



Morning school begins at 8.40am and students be prompt to lessons and ready to begin their studies. Students late at any time must sign-in; parents/guardians should provide a letter for any medical lateness and must be received within 48 hours.

Exceptions will be made in the case of late arrival of buses – the school will have this event confirmed by the bus company. Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If a student misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. Late arriving students also disrupt lessons and can be embarrassing for the student, often resulting in further absence.



The Head of the Sixth Form will monitor students’ daily and weekly attendance in conjunction with the school’s attendance officer.

In instances where reasons for absence have not been received, the Head of Sixth Form will request the attendance officer to call home.

The school will implement the following sanctions in cases where the school does not consider that a student’s attendance levels are reasonable; where levels of attendance drop below 96% without an adequate reason.



% Lesson Attendance


Stage 1

  • 96-100%
  • No Actions required


Stage 2

  • 90-96% Lesson attendance
  • Parents/carers & students notified by email/letter
  • Student expected to return to stage 1 at next monitoring point


Stage 3

  • 85-90% Lesson Attendance
  • Students on stage 2 for two consecutive monitoring periods
  • Parents/carers & students notified by email/letter
  • Meeting with Head of Sixth Form (Parents/Carers invited to attend)
  • Attendance contract
  • Weekly Monitoring



Stage 4

  • Below 85% Lesson Attendance
  • Students on stage 3 for two consecutive monitoring periods
  • Meeting with Parents/Carers & Student
  • Further monitoring arrangements, sanctions and consequences discussed and agreed.
  • Weekly monitoring


Students who fail to improve their attendance will be at risk of permanent exclusion



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