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Reporting Student Absence

In the event of unavoidable absences (through illness or bereavement), parents/carers should contact the school by telephone using 01692 400082 or email You’ll need to explain the absence in detail. All absences, whether authorised or unauthorised, automatically become a matter of school record. Furthermore, any student whose attendance is regarded as unsatisfactory will have this mentioned in any references the school is asked to provide.

Persistent Absence (PA)

Persistent absence is a term that was introduced by the DfE (Department for Education) for use by local Authorities to describe children whose attendance falls below 90%, 90% attendance equates to one day off over a two week period. If attendance drops below 90% the Local Authorities Attendance Improvement Officer (AIO) will become involved.