Attendance – The Government’s acceptable level of attendance is above 96%

  • Any reason that requires a student not being in school for any length of time should be reported to attendance and not to the year office, form tutors, teachers or any other member of staff
  • Any absences not reported to attendance before 8:30am for the respective day are marked as unauthorised.
  • Absences that are without a valid reason such as: birthdays, family occasions and holidays etc. will also be marked as unauthorised.
  • Our email, voicemail and text messaging services going direct to attendance are 24 hours a day.

Attendance Contact Details

Call: 01243 838028
Text: 07860 054358

Should you in any way be concerned regarding your child(ren)’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact their year office where further support can be offered.

The law on school attendance and right to a full-time education

The law entitles every child of compulsory school age to an efficient, full-time education suitable to their age, aptitude, and any special educational need they may have. It is the legal responsibility of every parent to make sure their child receives that education either by attendance at a school or by education otherwise than at a school.

Where parents decide to have their child registered at school, they have an additional legal duty to ensure their child attends that school regularly. This means their child must attend every day that the school is open, except in a small number of allowable circumstances such as being too ill to attend or being given permission for an absence in advance from the school.

Only exceptional circumstances warrant a leave of absence. As head teachers should only grant leaves of absence in exceptional circumstances it is unlikely a leave of absence will be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Unauthorised holidays of 5 days or more are referred to West Sussex County Council for them to make a decision on whether to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.