Reporting Absence

Good attendance is essential if students are going to achieve their full potential.

If your child is ill the absence must be reported to the Attendance Officer on the first day of absence before 8.30am by telephone or email. Any further absences must be reported every day.

Please ensure you leave a clear message including:

  • Child's name, year group and class

  • Reason for absence

  • When you expect them to return to school

Any requests for leave for medical appointments must be accompanied by an appointment card or letter otherwise the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Students will not be allowed off-site without this evidence.  Absence will still incur lunch charges as food is prepared in the early morning.

Please contact the Attendance Officer on:

020 7275 1546 -

All non-urgent medical or dental appointments must be arranged for outside of academy hours. All students must be accounted for every day - registers are taken in each lesson and failure to report your child absent will result in an unauthorised absence being recorded. The academy's Attendance Officer and/ or Home Liaison Officer will also contact the parents of absent students to find out the reason behind any absence.

Special Leave

Please note that there is NO automatic entitlement to take holidays/special leave during term time. Special leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances for a maximum of 10 days and on an individual basis.  

Special leave will not be agreed:

  • When a student first joins the academy or in Year 11
  • Immediately before and during assessment periods or examinations
  • When a student’s attendance record has any unauthorised absences
  • When a student has an attendance record of 90% or below

Special leave requests must be requested in writing to the Principal at least two weeks in advance, outlining the reason with any supporting evidence.

Any special leave taken without the agreement of the academy, or in excess of that agreed will be classed as unauthorised. For any period of an unauthorised holiday, you will be fined £60 by the academy and if you take your child out for more than one week you may also incur sanctions such as a Penalty Notice from Hackney Learning Trust or even risk the student’s place on roll.

Students are permitted one day per year (not per festival) for religious observance and must inform the Attendance Officer one week in advance.