Attendance and Punctuality

Reward Assemblies

Students who achieve 100% attendance each term will receive a certificate and automatically have their names entered into the draw for their year group to win a prize which can be anything from a Tesco Giftcard, Cineworld Voucher to a camera or an ipod. Tutor Group prizes can also be won with prizes that are kindly donated from many local and national companies.


If your child is absent from school the parent/carer must notify us by 8:30 am each morning of their absence by calling 01992 714 800 and choosing option 2. At busy times, we may not be able to answer your call and ask that you leave a message stating your child's name and the specific reason for their absence on the answerphone. If your child is marked absent without reason you will be contacted by the Attendance Officer.

If your child has a medical appointment before or during school please could you provide an appointment card/letter to this effect.


Please be aware that if a student arrives late to school, without a valid reason from a parent, they will automatically be issued with a 1 hour detention. This detention can be reduced if students attend the Pastoral Office for the first ten minutes of break and lunch. On completion of this, their 1 hour late detention will be cancelled. Any students failing to complete both of the ten minutes in the Pastoral Office will have their 1 hour detention enforced for the following day.

Lateness due to weather, accidents and public transport will naturally be considered as valid by office staff.

Request for leave

Please note that there will be no leave granted for any students unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please contact the school Attendance Office on either of the following:

01992 714 800, option 2 or

Leave of absence without permission

Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the proprietor of the school.  As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. 

If leave is taken without authorisation by the school this matter may be referred to the Education Welfare Service for consideration in issuing a penalty notice. The Education Welfare Service will decide if the issue of a penalty notice is appropriate. 

Payment of Penalty Notice

The penalty for each parent is £60 for each child if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt of the notice (service by post is deemed to have been effected, unless the contrary is proved, on the second working day after posting the notice by first class post).

All penalties are paid to the Local Authority who will produce an auditor’s statement showing that income received has not exceeded enforcement as defined.

If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period Essex Education Welfare Service will either prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies or withdraw the notice.  The prosecution is not for non-payment of the notice but is a prosecution for irregular school attendance – Education Act 1996 Section 444 (1)

There is no statutory right of appeal against the issuing of a penalty notice.