ATTENDANCE, LATENESS & LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTS
Coombe Girls’ School recognises the strong link between attainment and attendance and the important role parents play in ensuring that it is as high as possible.
A student’s progress is severely hampered if they do not regularly attend school.
90% attendance is an average of one day out of school per fortnight over a school year.
90% attendance over 5 years at secondary school is 1/2 a school year missed.
80% attendance over 5 years at secondary school is the same as one whole school year missed.
If pupils attend school every day their attendance will be 100% and they will receive a certificate for this at the termly Celebration Assembly.
Coming to school every day means they will learn and make progress. There is a strong link between attainment and attendance.
Reporting an unplanned absence
Please report your child's absence by 8:20 am for that day and for everyday of the student's absence.
Appointments during the school day
We take punctuality very seriously and will work with you to ensure that your daughter has a good start to the working day.
All late arrivals will be counted and will lead to an after school detention on Friday each week.
We will follow this pattern:
1 late – text message home and 10 minute tutor detention after school
2 lates – text message + 20 minute Friday detention after school
3 lates – text message + 30 minute Friday detention after school
4 lates – text message + 40 minute Friday detention after school plus parent meeting
5 lates – text message + 1 hour Friday detention after school plus parent meeting
Absence requests are rarely granted and almost never to those whose attendance is below 98%.
Requests for holidays during term time are never authorised.
Requests for all forms of absence (including medical appointments) must be made well in advance and in writing.
Parents must print and complete the pro forma below and return it to the school; we ask for a month’s notice.
The Headteacher will then make a decision as to whether the absence is approved or not and this decision is final.
Any absence taken without authorisation, without suitable notice, or taken after the school has refused permission, will be treated as unauthorised.
A pattern of such absence, or a one off absence of more than one day, will trigger further intervention.
The school will always inform the appropriate staff at the Local Authority about any unauthorised absences.
We need to be advised each day of your child's absence.