Attendance Information

Good Attendance Is Essential

Regular and punctual attendance of students is both a legal requirement and crucial to a student's success.  There is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement. If students are not in lessons they cannot learn!

  • 90% attendance over five years at secondary school equates to half a school year being missed.
  • 80% attendance over five years at secondary school is the same as one whole school year being missed.

The greater the attendance, the greater the achievement

Good attendance is considered to be 96%+ attendance with no unauthorised absence.

  • 93% attendance gives your child a 73% chance of achieving 5high grades in their GCSEs.
  • Below 90% attendance, gives your child only a 27% chance of achieving 5 high grades in their GCSEs.

If a student is ill

On the first day a student is absent, please contact the Academy on 01623 554178 to inform us of the reason for absence and give an indication as to the length of time you expect them to remain absent. The office opens at 8:15 a.m or you can leave a voicemail message by pressing option 1 for KS3 and option 2 for KS4/5.  If, for whatever reason there is a problem contacting us you can complete an absence slip online, which can be found on the forms link under Parents. Please note we will require a contact number just in case we need to verify this. An absence note signed by the parent/carer giving the reason for the absence, is then required on the first day of return.

Holidays

The Department for Education (DfE) issues the following advice:

"Where ever possible, holidays should not be taken in term time. Avoid taking your child on holiday at times when he or she should be taking exams/tests. You should not expect your child’s school to agree to a family holiday during term time. The school will carefully consider your request and will take your child’s attendance record into account. School will not agree to your child missing more than a total of ten school days for a family holiday in any one school year, unless there is a very good reason. If your child is away for more than 10 days, the school may set work for him or her to do while you are away."

Medical appointments

Appointments for doctor’s, dentists and opticians should be made before or after the school day or during the school holidays. Please note most dentists now operate a late night surgery.

Where this is not possible, e.g. hospital/orthodontic appointments etc. the Academy requires a copy of the appointment letter confirming the time and date in order that this may be authorised.

Please note Quarrydale will only authorise half a day's absence for non-urgent medical appointments.

Should you have any concerns at any time over your child’s attendance you can contact :
  • C Collins for students in Years 7 - 9 
  • D Hadfield for students in Years 10-11
  • L Straw for students in Years 12-13
Or your child’s Head of Year or Tutor
Absences
On the first day a student is absent, please contact the Academy on 01623 554178 to inform us of the reason for absence and give an indication as to the length of time you expect them to remain absent.
The office opens at 8:15 a.m or you can leave a voicemail message by pressing option 1 , then for:


  • KS3 Press option 1
  • KS4 Press option 2
  • KS5 Press option 3

It is also quicker and easier to report absence via the "School Gateway App"

An absence note signed by the parent/carer giving the reason for the absence, is then required on the first day of return.
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