There is a direct relationship between students’ attendance at school and their academic success and personal and social development. We urge all students to attend school every day, on time, unless seriously too unwell to attend, or when following protocols relating to COVID-19.
We ask that parents / carers always aim to make medical appointments out of school hours. An appointment card or hospital letter should be brought into school if a pupil has to attend a medical appointment during school time. Parents/carers should not, except with prior permission, keep their child away from school for anything other than illness.
When reporting your child’s absence, please give as much detail as possible about why your child is not in school. For example if they are unwell, please describe the symptoms they are experiencing.
Many of you have downloaded the MyEd app on your mobile or tablet. The MyEd app is an easy way for you to report your child’s absence without having to call the school. We would really encourage you to use this. MyEd also allows you to get messages directly from the School.
Please note that MyEd is only available for download on Android or Apple devices such as mobile phones or tablets.
- Open up the MyEd app
- If you have more than one child at the school select their name from the My Students Tab
- Click on Messages
- Click on Absence Hotline
On this page you can type in the reason for the absence and the app will send the name of the student and date to the admin team.
- Press the send button.
If you do not have the MyEd app you can call the school on 020 7935 4704 to report your child’s absence. Please select the option ‘to report an absence’ and leave a recorded message, giving full details of why your child is not in school.
Absences of 3 or more days:
If your child is absent for more than 2 days, we request medical evidence from the 3rd day of absence. This may take the form of a doctor’s appointment card, a prescription or you can ask the GP receptionist to complete a Medical Confirmation of Absence form.
If you have a problem providing medical evidence, please contact your child’s Tutor, Assistant Head of Year or Head of Year.
Absence requests during term-time:
The School does not authorise holidays taken during school time. If parents/carers are considering taking their child out of school for a period during term-time for personal reasons they must write to the Deputy Head – Pastoral and Safeguarding (Ms Sarah Swan) at least two weeks in advance of the requested absence. In emergency situations parents should give as much notice to the School as possible.
For more information see our Attendance Policy.