The Education Act 1996 requires regular attendance for all students on our roll. This is essential if they are to succeed and fulfil their potential. Our Education Welfare Officer will follow up unexplained or concerning levels of absence.

If your child must be absent from school please call the school before 08:45am and leave information regarding the students’ name, tutor group and the reason for the absence. This must be done each day of absence.

Please note that family holidays should be avoided in term time. Apart from exceptional circumstances, they will be regarded as an unauthorised absence.

The first person you should contact is your child’s Form Tutor. You can do this by writing a note in your child’s PSD or by calling reception and leaving a message. Alternatively you can email and mark it for the Tutor’s attention in the subject line.

All students are allocated to a Tutor group. These are arranged vertically through the school and comprise of a number of students from each academic year group. Each Tutor group has around twenty five students and are placed within one of our 3 Small Schools: Aqualate, Chetwynd and Hawkstone

Morning registration takes place at 8.50am and afternoon registration at 2.15pm at the start of period 5. 

Including school closure will be posted on the front page of the website:

If your child has not registered and we have not had a phone call to explain why, your child’s absence will be marked as unauthorised until we have confirmation as to the reason for the absence. If you have any questions about attendance, please contact the School Attendance Officer on 01952 386500.

A letter will come home with your child. These letters are also emailed to parents directly where possible.

Will be in the School Newsletter which is available on the website and paper copies can be obtained at the school.

Go to your small school office in the first instance. You can borrow an item of uniform. A sanction will be added to your PSD.

PSDs must be carried to all lessons for the recording of homework, deadlines and other notes. It should be kept in good order and free of graffiti. Should it be lost it must be replaced, temporary pages will be supplied from your small school office. Sanctions will be added to the PSD.

A new PSD can be purchased from the small school offices

Go to your small school office if you have lost your tie, you can also purchase a new one here.

In the first instance please go to your Tutor and explain the problem.

Inform your teacher who will assess the situation and may advice you go to the helpdesk. Please do not call your parents/carers.

Bring a letter from home explaining why you are late and sign in at reception upon arrival. If you arrive late without a letter, you will receive a lunchtime detention. The exception to this is if your bus is running late.

Go to the teacher who set your homework and explain what has happened.

Speak to your subject teachers to find out what work you missed whilst absent and ascertain whether there is any homework/ catch up work, you need to complete.

Ask your parent/guardian to note your appointment in your PSD, providing an appointment card or letter if you have one and then have your PSD signed by your tutor. Remember to show this to your small school office before you leave, then 'sign out' of school. When you return, sign back in at reception and then return to your timetabled lesson.

If you have an early morning appointment, please ensure that your parent/guardian calls the school before 8:45am to let the school know your whereabouts.

Where possible, we ask that you do come in to school to register in the morning/afternoon before going to an external appointment so that your attendance record is not affected.

These items should not be used in or around school during school hours. Mobile phones and MP3 players are brought to school at your own risk and should be stored and turned off.

Should you use, get out or have on view a mobile phone or MP3 player during a lesson or around school, the item will be confiscated, it will be removed by a member of senior staff and placed in a secure area at your small school office. Your parents will receive a letter and you will have a lunchtime detention. The length of time the phone is confiscated for will depend on the number of ‘offences’.