Lessons start at 8.45am and pupils should be in the building by 8.35am to ensure a prompt start to learning. All pupils are expected to attend 100% of the time.

House Support teams and tutors will provide pupils with information relating to attendance on a weekly basis.

Pupils will be required to record their own attendance in their pupil planners.

Pupils identified as having falling attendance or attendance below 95% will be required to follow an individual attendance plan with a key worker identified within the Academy.

Parents/Carers of pupils who are deemed as persistent absentees (less than 90% attendance) will be required to work with the Academy to improve attendance.

The Academy will not authorise any holidays in term time except in exceptional circumstances.

The Academy will use the fixed penalty system and in extreme cases, the courts to ensure attendance.


Parents/Carers are asked to telephone the Academy on the first morning before 9:00am of a pupil’s first day of unexpected absence.

The Form Tutor has the responsibility for keeping the official attendance register. Parents/Carers should advise the Form Tutor of any approved expected absence (e.g. dental appointment), and if a pupil is absent from the Academy unexpectedly, send a short letter of explanation on the return of the pupil.

Pupils are also electronically registered in every lesson. If the whereabouts of a pupil is unknown, then you will be contacted as soon as possible; this may be in the form of a text message or phone call.

If your child is returning to the Academy with an injury that may cause difficulties in allowing them to access the curriculum or an injury that may hinder their mobility, it is essential that you contact the Attendance team (01482 826207 ex 6061). A risk assessment will be conducted and any additional support or alternative arrangements can be implemented.


Pupils arriving late will enter via Pupil Services situated near the front entrance, where their attendance will be noted and Parents/Carers will be informed, by text, of their late arrival. Pupils will be required to undertake a tutor based detention at the end of the Academy day.

House Support Teams/Tutors will be informed of the late arrival.

Pupil detentions will be supervised by form tutors.

The Academy places great emphasis on:

  • Regular attendance

  • Punctuality

  • Smart appearance

  • Being prepared for learning

  • The need to show courtesy, consideration and respect to others


On a daily basis pupils must be prepared for the working day and therefore need to attend with a pen, pencil, ruler and a suitable bag to carry their equipment.

An Academy planner is provided to each pupil free of charge at the beginning of the Academy year.

It is expected that every pupil will come to the Academy provided with the necessary small items of equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, dictionary, calculator), and will have a bag or holdall in which to carry books and equipment.

Normally all the necessary exercise books and text books will be issued to the pupil, by each Faculty. 

Parents/Carers are asked to ensure that the books loaned in this way are kept in good condition and returned when requested.