Tel: 01442 404333
Student Absence Line: 01442 404340
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If a student is going to be absent from school due to unforeseen illness, the school should be contacted by 8.15am on the morning of the absence.


Any students who are absent without any reason having been passed to the school, will receive an automated message from our Attendance Officer. You are requested to leave a message on the student absence line.


Late arrival to school:
It is important that all students arrive to school on time, 8.35am, every day if they are to make good progress. Students who are late to school with no reason should expect a break time detention held in the gym. Students who are persistently late will serve lunch times in the Internal Exclusion room following meetings with the Head of Year.


Failure to attend break detention = IE at lunch time.
Failure to attend IE at lunch time = Friday 2 hour School Detention.


Signing-in late:
ALL students who arrive late to school MUST sign in at STUDENT SERVICES.

If a student has not signed is as late, parents will receive a message from our attendance management system, as we will not be aware of their child's attendance.

Please be aware that we check the attendance of every child who is marked in the register as absent without exception. This includes the Sixth Form students.


Authorised absences:
Please note that the decision of whether or not to authorise an absence rests with the absences: school. Written requests are required for ALL absences. If your child is receiving medical or dental treatment, evidence should be provided.

Students leaving the school site during the day for medical appointments etc must have a note from parents stating the reason for leaving school.


It is absolutely vital that any student leaving the school site during the day signs out at STUDENT SERVICES and then signs back in again on their return to school. This is particularly important in case of a fire drill or emergency evacuation.


We are likely to authorise absences for genuine illness.


We will not authorise absences for shopping trips, birthdays or other preventable absences.

Regulation changes

In light of the Government's changes to the school attendance regulations, parents should be aware of the legislation that now governs school absence.

The changes are made from The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.


"The amendments to regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted."


Please be advised that absence for holiday and wedding requests will not be permitted.


Fixed Penalty Notices: The school operates Fixed Penalty Notices under subsection (1) of section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

If a student has at least 15 sessions (half day = 1 session) unauthorised absence in the current and/or previous term, including leave of absence where permission has not been requested or has been requested and denied, the Headteacher can apply for a Penalty Notice to be issued to the parents/carers by the Local Authority. A fine of £60 is issued if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days. Fines can be issued to each parent/carer for each child. Parents can discharge potential liability for conviction by paying the penalty. Failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution for the offence.

Attendance rates:
Good attendance rates and punctuality are vital for students to succeed at school. We expect all students to have an attendance rate of at least 95%. Any student that has an attendance rate of 90% or below will be of real concern to us as such a low level of attendance as such a low level of attendance would make it impossible to make satisfactory progress and appropriate action would be taken by the school.

A letter from home is required to explain all absences; even for one day and even if we have been contacted already by telephone. All absences must be notified by telephone on the first day of absence stating the reason for the absence. We then require parents to call us every following day of absence to confirm your child's non-attendance.

Holidays during term time are not permitted. Any requests for holiday during term time must be made in writing. Parents should be aware that holidays taken during term time will have a highly detrimental impact on a child's learning.

Executive Headteacher: Mr Gary Lewis
Warners End Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3DW
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