When a student’s attendance falls below target levels, we will take action using the following thresholds:
below 95% attendance – letter sent home
below 90% attendance – letter sent home and support meeting arranged at school
below 85% attendance – letter sent home and support meeting (the school’s Education Welfare Office [EWO] may be involved and prosecution may be considered in non-medical instances)
below 80% attendance – letter sent home and support meeting (alongside EWO and prosecution may be considered in non-medical instances)
Our Pastoral teams may also call home and arrange meetings to support parents and pre-empt any issues that may affect a child’s attendance.
The vast majority of students arrive on time for school and the atmosphere before school is a very pleasant part of the day. Nevertheless, a small number of parents are reminded that the school day starts with lesson 1 at 8.30am. Students should arrive on the school site before 8.25am and be ready to learn at 8.30am. Students are marked late to school if they arrive after this time and will serve a lunchtime detention. In the rare instances when a student arrives after the end of lesson 1 (9.20am) this will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
Our policy states that absence during term time will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. No holidays in term time will be authorised. To support and improve attendance, from September 2016, King’s School will follow guidance in Brighton and Hove City Council’s Code of Conduct and issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs). These FPNs will be issued for unauthorised holidays where more than 3 days are taken in one case or cumulatively over the school year. Furthermore, those students who have unacceptable levels of absence will not be eligible to go on school trips.
If you need support with your child’s attendance, please contact the school:
Address: King's School, High Street, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2PG
Telephone: 01273 840004
For guidance on attendance please refer to the Brighton and Hove City Council and the Department for Education websites.