Students must aim for 100% attendance. As we have seen, learning time in the classroom is irreplaceable and all absence will have an impact on children’s attainment.
We will work with parents to support children in school if they are not feeling well, giving them the clear message that the best place for them to be in school time is in school, in lessons.
We know there may well be times when your child has to take some time off school, and this will have a minimal impact if his or her attendance record is otherwise good. Having said this, please try to schedule all medical appointments outside school hours if at all possible.
Children may say they are feeling unwell to avoid going to school for other reasons, such as worry about a friendship or about schoolwork. Please let the school know immediately if you think this might be the case with your child. We can make an immediate appointment to see you and to sort out any problems before they become overwhelming.
Staff are asked to take electronic registers at the beginning of the day (tutor time or assembly) and at the beginning of each lesson and will amend these to indicate if a student arrives late or leaves the lesson.
If your child is unable to come to school, you must let the school know as soon as possible, and at the latest by 08.30 on the day of absence. The school absence line is 01784 429644. If children do not arrive at school and we have had no contact with parents, we will send an absence text to parents.
Applications for time off during the school term should be made in writing to the Headteacher. Each case will be judged on its merits, but permission is only given for holidays taken in term time in exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised absence may lead to prosecution through Surrey County Council. For more information on attendance and absence from school, please refer to School attendance and absence - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk).
Please also see below for a communication from Surrey for the beginning of term: