Attendance and Absence

In cases of illness, you must inform the school by either Parentmail App or by telephoning 01484 406381 as soon as possible on each day of absence indicating the reason*

*please ensure you state the cause of illness e.g. migraine

Please try, as far as possible, to avoid making dental appointments etc during school hours. Any requests to leave school during the day should be in writing. Letters requesting permission to leave school should be given to your child’s Achievement Leader for authorisation. Again we ask for your co-operation.

Attendance

At RHS, we seek to ensure that all our students receive a full-time education which maximises opportunities for each pupil to fulfil their potential.  We expect students to be on time, every day, unless there is a very good reason not to be. The minimum expected attendance is 97%.  We have a School Health Worker and a team of First Aid trained staff should a student feel ill at any point during the day.

Attendance Flyer 2017

Minor ailments, such as a headaches or slight cold, coughs and temperature, are not acceptable reasons for failing to attend school and will not be authorised.  

If your child is hurt or becomes ill at school, s/he should report to the Student Reception and minor first aid will be administered as necessary by qualified staff. If it is considered that your child is not fit enough to continue in school, you will be contacted to collect your child and to seek further medical advice where appropriate. Students should never leave the premises without first signing out at Student Reception. Where students are leaving school to attend a medical or dental appointment, they will be required to produce their appointment card/authorised letter when signing out.

Students can have prescribed medication and painkillers in school providing prior consent is given by the parent and the relevant forms are completed.  Should a medical consent be required, please see this page.

Punctuality Reminder Postcard cover 2017

Attendance Matters Postcard cover 2017

Absence

  • When any student is absent from school a text message is sent to parents
  • School staff may also contact parents via telephone call or a home visit if it is deemed necessary
  • From 1 September 2015, the Government’s new threshold is 90% for persistent absenteeism

Therefore, students with attendance below 90% are considered to be a persistent absentee regardless of whether the school has authorised or unauthorised the absence. School staff will monitor attendance regularly and we will contact parents and carers to discuss their child’s absence and punctuality and to offer any support we can to improve help improve this. 

We strongly believe that extended absence disadvantages young people in terms of their progress and achievement. 

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Family Holidays During Term Time

Approved term dates are available to view on the school website here. From 1 September 2013, new laws were introduced which gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time: the maximum number of days which could be authorised has also been omitted. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Headteachers should not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.