Attendance at King’s School
If your child is not able to attend school then you should contact the Attendance Officer or
report the absence by using our link to Studybugs. Click here for the link. One of the main
benefits of Studybugs is that it will automatically update the electronic register so that we
will know almost immediately if you have contacted us to let us know that your child is away
with an illness or a medical appointment. This is a much quicker, easier and more efficient way
for you to notify the school of absences. Register online via the Studybugs website: https://studybugs.com/about/parents
or download the free Studybugs App. Then all you have to do is send us a free text when your
child is away.
school's policy for attendance and punctuality creates effective systems and procedures
for encouraging regular school attendance, investigating and resolving the underlying causes of
poor attendance and for the early identification of persistently absent students and the
prevention of their absence. Click here for a link to our policy.
The effective implementation of behaviour and attendance policies, together with the more general
work of the school in ensuring that every student has the best possible learning experience,
should ensure that student attendance is high. It is proven by numerous studies that regular
attendance at school will help your child get the most from their education and that pupils who
attend regularly are likely to develop both academically and socially, leave school with more
qualifications, improve their life chances and have greater access to employment opportunities.
For these reasons staff members monitor punctuality and attendance at King’s and take
action when concerning attendance patterns emerge.
The attendance of each student is monitored weekly and it is rated as follows:
96 – 100%
Yellow 90 – 95.9%
Orange 85 – 89.9%
Red 84.9% and
When a student’s attendance falls below target levels, we will take action using the
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
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 (https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/schools/school-absence)
and the Department for Education (https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence/overview)