Attendance & Punctuality
Stowupland High School is committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all its students and recognises this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance for all. This is based on the belief that only by attending school regularly and punctually will young people be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them.
High attainment depends on good attendance.
The whole school community – students, parents and carers, teaching and support staff and school governors – have important roles to play in ensuring good school attendance. Good attendance and punctuality also encourages students to value commitment, others and time. Sixth Form providers, employers and other reference seekers value attendance and punctuality as indicators of reliability.
The attendance, punctuality and progress of all students is monitored throughout the academic year. Should a students attendance become a cause for concern, a referral will be made to our Educational Welfare Officer who will request to meet both parents and the student.
Parents and carers are legally required to ensure that their children regularly attend the school at which the student is registered. Parents and carers who fail to do this may be liable to prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500 and/or three months in prison.
We would also like to remind families that we strongly discourage parents and carers using term-time to book holidays and visits (please be aware there are 13 weeks of school holiday time in the year).
Permission is only given in exceptional circumstances and we will only consider authorising holiday leave in the following circumstances:
- for armed service personnel (Army, Navy, RAF) whose specific tours and duties prevent them from taking holidays during term-time;
- for emergency services personnel (Fire, Police, Ambulance, Coastguard) who are unable to take leave at any other time due to a national event or a period of national significance;
- for a family which needs to spend time together during or after a significant emotional crisis (this should be supported by at least one external agency).
All requests for leave of absence for a holiday must be submitted using the Absence Form.
Reporting Student Absence
Should your child be unable to attend school for any reason we ask that you make every effort to notify the school on the morning of any absence in order that we can record the absence appropriately.
Telephone: 01449 742428
Research suggests that just seventeen days missed from school equates to drop of a full GCSE grade.