Very many students attend every school session throughout the academic year, yet overall attendance rates in the Federation’s schools are not always as high as they should be. If young people are to achieve their potential, good attendance and punctuality are critical. The link between attendance and achievement is well documented. Irregular attendance has a significant impact on student achievement as they get behind with their work and lose out on friendships. Parents have a legal duty to make sure that their child aged 5-16 attends that school regularly.

If your son/daughter is going to be absent from school, please inform the school before 8:30am, either by phone or email.

By telephone on 01234 822147 and select option 1 for main school attendance. Out of school hours messages can be left by selecting option 1 and leaving a voice mail. Please state the student’s name, your relationship to the student, a brief outline of the illness or other reason for absence and when you expect them to return.

For main school absence please email to  also stating the details as mentioned above.

Please also use these telephone/email details to advise the attendance team of any medical/dental appointments students may need to attend.  Students will need to provide their medical letter for the absence team to verify their absence.

Please note: students must sign in/out with the attendance team (situated in The Admin Hub near the Crossways) before leaving for appointments. Students will also need to sign in and out on the computerised attendance system 'Inventry'.  The screen is at Main Reception.

For safeguarding reasons, we cannot allow students off site without prior notification either by phone, email or handwritten note from a parent/carer.

Please note, there is no reason for your child to be absent from school for any of the minor ailments listed below. Our attendance officers may ask for more information if these reasons are given and will not authorise the absence if they are not satisfied.  If you believe these symptoms are related to Covid your child should self-isolate whilst they book a OCR test and await the result. 

  • Generally unwell, poorly, fatigue/feeling tired
  • Sore throat
  • Period pains
  • Headaches
  • Absence as a result of orthodontic adjustments
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Hay fever
  • Head lice


If you need to discuss your child's attendance or reasons for absence, the following members of staff are available:

  • A member of the Safeguarding Team
  • Miss D Buszka (Attendance Officer)


CMAT Attendance Policy 

Student Leave of Absence Form (CMAT)