It is a legal requirement to inform the College if a pupil is going to be absent or will be arriving late for any reason. Without a text message or e-mail our staff have no way of knowing whether an absence is due to your child not being sent to school or being sent and not arriving.
If your child is unwell or going to be late into school for any reason, for their safety, please contact the school before 9.30am by either of our preferred methods:
REPORTING A CHILD’S ABSENCE OR LATE ARRIVAL – Please note that our text number has changed
- Text Number: 07860 095526
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please leave your message by 9.30am with your child’s full name, tutor group and reason for the absence in all correspondence.
Reporting an absence by text or email will be sufficient in explaining a day’s absence or continual absence for up to 3 days in a calendar week. Please contact the College again on the fourth day if your child’s absence continues beyond 3 days. Please be aware any absence of 4 days or more requires medical evidence to be provided to the College. Parents can be fined by ESCC if medical evidence is not provided.
I would ask parents to give the College advanced notice of medical appointments where these cannot be arranged outside school hours. If a medical appointment requires your child to leave during the school day a letter from you is still required and needs to be handed to your child’s House Tutor for signature at morning registration on the day of the appointment, this letter needs to be handed to reception when signing out as confirmation that they have permission to leave. I understand it is not always possible to make medical appointments out of school hours but appreciate your efforts in keeping the amount of missed time to a minimum.
The Department for Education (DfE) has amended the regulations and guidance in relation to absences in term-time. There is no automatic right to take your child out of school during term time. From 1st September 2013, government legislation no longer enables head teachers to authorise requests for leave for children to be taken out of school unless there are considered to be exceptional circumstances. More information can be found in the following documents.