Attending school every day is essential if students are to obtain the best possible grades at the end of year 11.


At Chamberlayne we expect 100% attendance. The Department for Education publishes guidance for schools in dealing with students who fall below 95% attendance. This can include a letter home, an attendance meeting or fast track to penalty notice. In extreme circumstances the school will pursue court action which can lead to a substantial fine or even prison.


We expect parents to call the school if their child is unable to attend. All illness must be accompanied by a note or medical evidence (which may include a doctors appointment card or prescribed medicine packaging). If we do not receive a call, text or letter from parents, an absence will be considered “unauthorised”.  Details of how the Local Authority record absence is set out below.


Only the school in conjunction with the parent may legally authorise an absence.  Wherever possible, the school should be notified in advance by letter or telephone call.

Acceptable reasons for authorising an absence are as follows:

  • illness

  • emergency medical/dental appointment (routine appointments

  • should be booked after school or during school holidays)

  • arriving late after the register has closed but before 9.30am

  • religious observances

  • bereavements (close family members)

  • exclusion from school


The following are not considered acceptable reasons for absence.


  •  holidays taken during term time

  •  truancy

  •  shopping during school hours

  •  personal appointments such as hairdressers

  •  birthdays

  •  minding the house or looking after brothers and sisters

  • (except during exceptional emergency circumstances)

  •  no letter of explanation from parents

  •  arriving later after 9.30am



Holidays are NEVER authorised however you may have an exceptional circumstances that needs to be considered. If this is the case a letter, addressed to the Headteacher is required. Each case is considered individually.


If your child cannot attend school on a particular day, please ring Mrs Brodie (Attendance Manager) that morning to let us know why and each consecutive day until your child returns.


The absence direct line telephone number is:  023 8042 5103

 The absence text number is:  07624 811 936

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