These thresholds are used for reporting to parents and also form the basis of the system of referral to our Education Welfare Officer- Steve Gozra.

These thresholds are important.  In an academic context, you might rightly consider a result of 95% to be good.  In the context of attendance, it is not. To achieve 95% attendance, a student will have missed two weeks of school.  This will have denied them access to a significant part of the curriculum in all their subjects and, unless strenuous efforts are made to cover the work missed, is likely to result in underachievement in examinations.  We, therefore, take the issue of attendance extremely seriously.



Days absent during one school year



Less than 5 days absence



Less than 10 days absence

Cause for concern


10+ days absence

Major cause for concern

Below 90%

19+ days absence



  • Always ask your parents/carers to phone the school on 0117 9927100 to let us know if you are absent by 8.30am each day of absence for safeguarding reasons.
  • Arrive at school on time. If you are late, sanctions may be imposed.
  • Unauthorised absences may result in a penalty notice of £60 per parent, per child.
  • As a result of new legislation since September 2013, the school is not permitted to grant leave of absence for holidays during term time, any unauthorised time off for a holiday will result in a penalty notice.


Sanctions for lateness will be imposed on a termly basis. After each late arrival an after school detention will be given. Further late arrivals will result in a meeting with the Senior Leadership Team. Late arrivals after the register has closed will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Parents will be notified of any late arrivals by a phone call home.


After 4 unauthorised absence sessions in a 10 week period a warning letter will be sent to parents. 4 unauthorised absence sessions could be comprised of 2 full days or 4 half days, including lateness after the register has closed. If there are 4 further unauthorised absences a penalty notice application will be made.

Parents of students with poor attendance can expect to be asked to attend a meeting in school to discuss the reasons and agree a strategy to make improvements.


More information can be found here in our policy section of the website.