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A minimum attendance of 96% is vital to progress. Anything less than this is considered unsatisfactory. Evidence shows that this level of attendance is linked to good progress and a higher level of achievement.


Students track their own attendance in their planners.  Attendance information is also displayed in the tutor rooms and around the college.

Parents and Carers are responsible for ensuring that their children attend College every day possible.

Parents and Carers are asked to avoid arranging medical and similar appointments during College hours. (Evidence may be requested). If it is impossible to arrange appointments outside of school hours, appointments made after 2pm cause the least disruption to your child’s education.

Parents and Carers are asked to telephone the attendance team at the College to explain any absence.

It is our policy to telephone home if absence is unexplained and it may not be authorised. Any absence including holidays taken during term time will not be authorised and further action may be taken.


It is very important that students arrive to College and to all lessons on time. The College day starts at 8.50 am and all students should be in their tutor period by this time.

For lateness to College, or to any lessons, consequences will be issued as per the Outstanding Behaviour Policy.

Signing Out

If students need to leave College during the teaching day they must have permission from the College and must sign out at reception.

Permission will only be granted if a letter or note in the planner is brought from home for the Form Tutor or Year Office who will check authenticity. If students need to leave during lesson time, the letter/note must be shown to the teacher before the lesson starts.

Before leaving the premises students must sign out at reception. This is a Health and Safety issue because we need to know who is in the building/ on the site at all times and that all students are accounted for.

Please note that students are not allowed to leave the site at break times and will be sanctioned as per the College Behaviour And Discipline System. Students in Year 7 - Year 10 are not allowed out at lunch time. Year 11 students have the option of leaving the school site at lunch time only provided they return to site no later than 12.55pm. Afternoon lessons begin at 1.00pm.