We expect full attendance at all timetabled classes, study sessions, registration, assemblies and additional commitments undertaken. Failure to attend will be treated very seriously and will have financial implications for students who receive financial support through the new bursary fund.
We don’t need to point out the link between attendance and achievement. Attendance registers are taken in every lesson, study session, registration and enrichment session. These figures will then be used on reports, and also by tutors writing references for higher education or employment. Any student whose attendance falls below an acceptable level will be asked to explain why this has happened and what they intend to do to remedy the situation. As a school, we reserve the right to withdraw students from exams or ask them to pay for their exam entries and ultimately ask them to leave the sixth form, if they are not showing the required commitment to succeed.
WHAT STUDENTS MUST DO
IF THEY KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABSENT
(e.g. – hospital appointments / driving tests / open days)
If students return to school and claim absence was due to circumstances which could have been reasonably foreseen, then the absence will be deemed unauthorised UNLESS we have been notified in advance.
IF STUDENTS ARE ABSENT DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
IF STUDENTS NEED TO GO HOME
Please note – regular dentist and doctor’s appointments are not permitted during school hours.
Absence forms are available from Sixth Form Reception.
CANCELLED LESSONS POLICY
In the event of a teacher being absent for a sixth form lesson, students are expected to go to the Sixth Form Study Area to register and collect work set by the absent member of staff. If a student does not register in the study room they will be marked absent which will affect their attendance figures for that subject as well as have financial implications for students receiving financial support through the bursary fund.
Students will have a certain amount of ’free’ lessons, dependent on their particular course of study. Timetables will show allocated study time, which they are expected to spend in the Sixth Form Study Area, where a register will be taken. Students will have the freedom to spend other free lessons here or at home with parental approval, but if concerns are raised about a student’s progress they may be requested to spend all lessons in school. We feel that organising their own study pattern, with support from the school, is important preparation for higher education and employment.