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Blaise High School

Attendance and Punctuality

At Blaise High School we firmly believe that all students benefit from outstanding school attendance.

To this end, we will do all we can to ensure that our students achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted upon promptly.

In order for an attendance record to be deemed very good, it must be 96% or above.

We expect that all students will:

  •  Attend school regularly

  •  Attend school punctually and be in roll call at 8.40am.

  •  Attend school appropriately prepared for the day

We expect that all parents/carers who have day to day responsibility for the children and young people will:

  •  Encourage regular school attendance and be aware of their legal responsibilities;

  •  Ensure that the child/children in their care arrive at school punctually, prepared for the school day;

  •  Contact the school before 8.30am on the morning of each day of the student's absence by calling our Attendance Officer, Mrs Edwards on 0117 903 0104. You should explain the full reason for the absence, giving the student's full name.

  •  Any unexplained absence is treated as unauthorised absence. We would ask that parents contact the school promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep the child away from school.

We may ask for medical evidence to be provided for any period of absence that exceeds three days.

If a student’s attendance falls below 90% you will be expected to provide medical evidence for the absence to be authorised

The school is not able to authorise any holiday during term time unless it is for an exceptional circumstance. Requests for exceptional leave of absence should be sent to the Headteacher in writing.