One of the most important roles we have as a school is to ensure that your child has the skills and qualifications to become a successful adult. Poor attendance is a key factor on school grades and subsequent life chances moving forward.

Parents'/carers' responsibilities to ensure regular school attendance

Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age (age 5 – 16) receive a suitable full-time education. It is also important that parents/carers encourage their child's regular and punctual attendance at school. It is important that everyone works together to help children obtain the best possible start in life with a good education. Parents/carers should work in partnership with the school, notifying the school of the reason for any of their child’s absences and highlighting any areas of concern they may have as soon as possible, in order that they can be addressed quickly.

Research shows that when students do not attend school regularly (95% and above), this has a negative impact on a students academic performance. Absence from school can lead to a student falling behind in their work and losing their motivation. It can also make them feel less confident and affect friendship groups.

It is advised that students with minor ailments can - and should – attend school

Coughs, colds, sore throat, headaches or stomach aches should not prevent your child from attending school. In line with Government advice, we will not routinely authorise absences due to minor ailments and encourage you to ensure that your child attends school regardless.

Please see the NHS website page 'Is my child too ill for school' via this link.

If possible, appointments (including medical, dental, optician) should be booked outside of the school day. Where this cannot be arranged, we ask that the student is out of school for the minimum possible time.

The school day runs from 08.20 - 15.00.

If your child is going to be absent, please contact:

Telephone number: 01702 354441


The school is working with an external company, Aquinas, to help improve attendance and ensure the safeguarding of students. Please see the letter available via the below link which introduces Aquinas.

Introducing Aquinas

The school works in line with Southend-on-Sea City Council’s Term Time Leave Policy, and, therefore, no leave will be authorised during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Penalty Notices

Penalty Notices are issued by the Local Authority upon request of the school. The Education Welfare Officer is duty bound to refer any cases where:

  • any leave taken during term time for holidays or no notification to the school has been made;
  • where the level of absence from school has become a high-level concern; and/or
  • school interventions, as part of the school's Attendance Process, have had no impact on improving attendance.

Penalty Notices are issued for:

  • unauthorised absence;
  • holidays in term time without permission;
  • excluded pupils found in a public place during the first five days of suspension or exclusion.

Cost of the Notice:

  • £60 per child, per parent/carer, if paid within 21 days;
  • rising to £120 per child, per parent/carer if paid within 28 days;
  • you could be prosecuted if you do not pay the fine after 28 days.

Attendance Letter September 2022

Application for Leave of Absence During Term Time