Absence Requests & Attendance Information
Below is a copy of the letter sent to all parents dated 5th December 2017.
Attendance – Excellent attendance is essential to help every student to fulfil their full potential. Our aim is for students by the end of the school year to have an individual attendance percentage of at least 95%. Therefore, we only anticipate students to be absent from school if they are extremely unwell.
- Punctuality – always be on time. All students are expected to be in their form rooms by 8.30am ready for registration (8.40am on Wednesday). If a student is late for school they must sign in with the Attendance Officer to get their mark. It is each student’s responsibility to get their own mark. Pedmore Technology College and Community School uses a system called Groupcall which sends a text message to the main contact mobile number in the event of any absence requesting an explanation.
- Medical appointments – Where possible please make medical appointments out of school hours. We do understand that on occasions hospital appointment times cannot be chosen, but students are expected to be in school before and after the appointment time. Students should bring proof of the appointment prior to attending the appointment for our records.
- Holidays – If you choose to take your child out of school for an unauthorised holiday you could face a penalty notice of £60 per parent, per child. We are advised by the Local Authority that Headteacher’s may only grant any leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. We require an Absence Form to be completed for all requests for holiday, however we advise that the forms are for our records. If a term time holiday is taken it may lead to a referral to Education Investigation Services which may have legal consequences.