Every Lesson Matters

For our students to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and that they are in school and on time every day the school is open.

Why Regular Attendance is so important:

Learning and Achievement – there is a clear link between high attendance and high achievement.

Of students who miss more than 50% of school, only 3% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 35% manage to achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Of students who miss less than 5% of school, 73% achieve 5A* to C GCSEs including English and Maths.

Figures shown above published by the Dept. of Education April 2012

If Your Child is Absent We Will….

First Day Absence

First day contact will be carried out as early as possible in the school day, in order to notify parents whose children may have set off for school, but not arrived, as quickly as possible. This is usually a text message to parents.

Second Day Absence Contact

If the child is still absent on the second day without contact from the family, a telephone call will made to the home. The family may be asked to come to school for a meeting. This can also be discussed with the parent/carer on the telephone.

Three Days Absence Contact

If your child has been absent for three days and we have not heard from the parent, our Education Welfare Officer (EWO), Head of House (HoH) or Attendance Officer will contact you. If the EWO is unable to make contact via the telephone the EWO may conduct a home visit. Medical evidence will be requested for absences of longer than two days. If the parent/carer is unable to provide medical evidence absences may be unauthorised.


Poor punctuality is not acceptable.

If your child misses the start of the day they can miss work and vital information and news for the day.Late arrival students also disrupt lessons, can be embarrassing for the child and can also encourage absence.

How we manage lateness:

The school day starts at 8.30 am (9:40 am  on Wednesday).

Registers are marked at 8.40 am and your child will receive a late mark if they are not in by that time.

If your child arrives late after 8.40 am but before 9.00 am they must sign in with the Attendance Officer or with a designated member of House staff in order to get their mark (students enter the school via the entry gates on Cheshunt Road).

If your child arrives late after 9.00 they must sign in with the Attendance Officer in the School Office (students enter the school via the school reception).

Please take note of the later start times on a Wednesday

If your child is persistently late you may be asked to meet with your child’s Head of House and the EWO to resolve the problem.

You can however also approach us at any time if you are having problems getting your child to school on time.