If you wish to make a request for your child to be absent from school please see the attached ‘Absence request’ form.


Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviour and have a better chance of leaving school equipped for life.

Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and
friendships, and are significantly more likely to achieve well in their GCSEs so that they can move onto their choice of
post 16 education, setting them up for a strong future. Good attendance at school shows potential employers that a
young person is reliable. Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in,
or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Please see raising student attendance for tips on how to increase attendance and well as a link to a study between attendance and attainment.

Yours sincerely

Anne-Marie Whaley
Assistant Headteacher