At Avonbourne Academies, we aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community, to be proud to belong and to achieve of their best. For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and should be at Academy, on time, every day the Academy is open, unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable.

It is very important therefore that you make sure that your son/daughter attends regularly, and this policy sets out how together we will achieve this.

Any absence affects the pattern of a student’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any student’s absence disrupts the learning of others in the same teaching groups by disrupting classroom routines. Ensuring your son’s/daughter’s regular attendance at the Academy is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from the Academy without a good reason creates an offence in law and may result in prosecution.

If a student is absent it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to:

  • Contact us as soon as possible on the first day of absence (by 8.00am) and on the morning of every day of absence.
  • Send in a letter or note, in on the first day they return with an explanation of the absence; you must do this even if you have already telephoned us.
  • Or, you can call into the Academy and report to reception or email via

You must submit a request to the school before you arrange for your child to have time away.

If you wish to take your daughter out of school during term time, you must submit a formal request to the Principal via the school office. You should provide evidence to support your request e.g. medical information.

Requests should be made in at least 20 school days before the requested period of absence.

Taking holidays in term time will affect a student’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents/carers to help us by not taking their son/daughter away during the Academy term time. Remember that any savings you think you may make by taking a holiday during the Academy term time are offset by the cost to your son’s/daughter’s education. There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off during Academy time to go on holiday. At Avonbourne Academies holidays in term time will not be authorised.

If there is a case for compassionate leave e.g. for a funeral, the Academy may authorise leave of absence – in these circumstances’ parents/carers should complete an application for absence (which can be from reception or found on the website) or letter and this will be considered by the Vice Principal.

Where possible please avoid making medical appointments during College time. If this is unavoidable please bring a letter or evidence of an appointment to the Attendance Officer in advance of the appointment.

If same day medical appointments occur, please ask your daughter to present a letter to her House Head to receive an exit slip. Exit slips should be sought before 8.20, break time or at lunch time and not during lessons.

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